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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: adamjohnson anita <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 19:58:47 +0100
Subject: Hello My Dear,

Hello Dearest Friend , I am Mrs. Anita Adams Johnson from United States. I was married to Late Chief Adams Johnson who was a contractor with the Government of Cote D'Ivoire before he died after few days in the hospital. When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of $8.700 Million with a Bank in Cote D lvoire. Presently this money is still in the custody of the Bank here in Cote DIvoire.My Doctor told me that it is very likely I will die within the next 3 months due to A Blood cancer {Leukamia}. I have decided to donate the money for charity through you since i do not have a child to inherit it and it's better i do not die leaving the money here without it reaching the poor and the lesspriviledged ones in the society. As soon as I receive your reply I shall tell my bank to transfer the money to you. Please get in touch with me via E-mail:( Mrs. Anita Adams Johnson
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