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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 05:59:22 +0200 (MEST)


I am aware that you will be surprised to receive this mail, however, I wish to crave your indulgence by urging you to give this mail the consideration it deserves as you will not regret it.

For purpose of introduction, I am Frankline Jim an international crued oil merchant based in Nigeria. I am presently undergoing treatment at a Private Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa having been diagnosed of Esophageal cancer which has defiled treatment and according to the doctors I have a very short time to live.

Though, am a wealthy man by all standard, I can best be described as a self centred person, I never showed any generosity to anybody no matter how hard pressed, which is regrettable since all the wealth I accumulated over the years cannot save me from eminent death. I have discovered lately, that true happiness can only be found by extending my God given wealth to other less privileged in our society.

As my last day draw nearer and having taken adequate care of my immediate biological and extended family in my recent WILL, I have an estimated sum of $2,300.000.00 deposited with one of the security company in Europe, which I did not declare in my WILL that I have set aside for charity purpose.

For obvious reason, I have resolved not to entrust the fund to any of my family members or close associates, since they are vehemently opposed to my action for their selfish aspiration, as I am afraid if I entrust the fund to any of them they will not carry out my wish when I am departed. It is for this reason that I decided to entrust the money to an independent person instead, who is unknown to them and that cannot be easily influenced, to handle the distribution of the fund to charity organisations particularly Africa, Far East and Middle East where I believe the need is greater.

Therefore you should not turn down this responsibility, please accept it as one of the humanitarian service. Though, you will still be adequately compensated with 15% of the total amount for your service.

Note: All correspondence should be directed to my attorney's E-mail address: (,But attention Mr.Frankline Jim.

I await to hear from you soonest and remain blessed

Yours Sincerely

Frankline Jim.

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