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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: suzi johnson <>
Date: Fri, 26 Oct 2007 21:09:54 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Hello Dear,

First of all Let me introduce myself to you, and I will require the best of your honesty after your knowing about me and whom that I am, I will really like us to have a good relationship in spite of anything because I have this feeling that you will not betray me at the end.


I decided to contact you because of the urgency of my situation here in the refugee camp,,I am from Sudan in Africa,5.4ft tall, fair in complexion single,(never married ) and presently i am residing here in Senegal refugee camp.

I had my college certificate in the year 2004, I admitted in the University in 2006 there I did my two year subject in Nursing before the political crisis in my country began, My late father, DR.FRANK JOHNSON he was the director of FELOZAT OIL/GAS(Ltd) in Khartoum the Capital of Sudan before his death from the war going on in my country which has not stop up till now My father was killed along side with my mother by some rebels,
they accuse my father of coup attempt, and i lost most of my family members during the crisis, our house was burnt down, I lost all my important documents like / international passport / Birth Certificate / University ID card.

I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment i am receiving from my late father's second wife. She planned to take away all my late father's treasure and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father.
So,i decided to run away to any African country so i run to where i am now presently seeking asylum under the Private charity organization for the Refuge here in Dakar, Republic of Senegal. I wish to contact you personally for a long term relationship that may lead us to somewhere better if we work well on an orphan in the refuge camp i dint have any communication aside from what am telling you now,so please do have me in your heart my love.

My father of blessed memory deposited the sum of (US$6, 700, 000.00)(SIX Million Seven Hundred Thousand US Dollars) in one of the leading Banks in EUROPE with my name as the next of kin. However, I shall forward you the contact information of the bank in Europe and some documents for your confirmation in your acceptance to assist me for the transfer and investment of the you will help me in an investment, and i will like to complete my studies under you, as i was in my 2ND year in the university, when the crisis started.
After the transaction you will arrange for my trip to join you over there in your country for us to share this feelings face to face. provide.

We will invest the fund me and you, or if you don't intend staying with me then It will be my pleasure to compensate you out of the total money for your services and the balance shall be my investment capital. This is the reason why I decided to contact you. Please all communications should be through this email address only, for confidential purposes. as soon as i receive your positive response showning your interest, i will put things in to action immediately. In the light of the above,I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this relationship and transaction sincerely.

Awaiting your urgent and positive response. Please do keep this only to your self please I beg you not to disclose it to anyone until i come over , once the fund has been transferred.
Meanwhile the name of the Reverend father that i am using his computer to send this messages to you is Rev Godson Samuel,i will be sending to you his office Telephone number on my next email so that you can call and tell him to call me so that you can talk to me please because i want to hear from you. but don't tell him anything about the money deposited by my late father please,for security reasons.

You can also contact me through this email address.
I will send my pictures to you when i hear from you,for you to know me more!
Awaiting to hear from you soonest!
Yours Forever Suzi Johnson.

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