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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "emilia johnson" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 2 Nov 2006 14:58:58 +0000
Subject: Dearest Friend,

Dearest Friend,

I am very sorry if I have bothered you by my email.I am Emilia Johnson .I am 18 years old girl from "Morovia" capital city of Liberia.

My father's name is Jerry Johnson who was very wealthy dealing in Agriculural products and gold from liberia to Egypt and Ivory Coast.
My mother's name is Sheila from Ireland but died soon after giving birth to me from Cancer.I am the only child.My father took me so special because i am motherless and all that was left for him.
Our home was hit by bombs from rebels during Liberian war some years back and my father was seriously injured. He was rushed to hospital by some UN staff where he later died. Before he died,he called me secretly to his bed side and told me that he kept a sum of $8.000 000 (Eight million four hundred and fifty thousand united states dollars) in a bank in Abidjan Ivory Coast.

He said he used my name as the next of kin in deposit of the fund.He
also explained to me that I should seek for foreigner since our country is no longer safe to be alone .A foriegn country where I will be and the fund be transfered to I am presently in Abidjan. Some UN staff brought me here and I am at the refugee camp now. I am not safe here and want to leave.

I have contacted the bank but they said,they need my guardian to apply for the fund because according to the agreement reached with my dad,I must be 23 years before they can release the fund to me.

Please, i am begging you for assistance as follows.

1) To serve as my guardian and manage these fund for me,since i am only 18 years old.

2) To provide a bank account where this money will be transfered into.

3)To make arrangement for me in your country to continue my educational career and to procure me a residential permit in your country.

I am inclined to offer you 15% of the total sum as a mode of compensation for your effort after the successful transfering of these fund to your nominated account overseas.

Please kindly reply this mail if you are interested in helping me out of my present condition.

I am expecting to hear from you as soon as possible.

God Bless you.

Emilia Johnson

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