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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: Mr Bona Johnson <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 12:14:37 +0100

Dear friend. Compliments of the season and God's blessings. i am glad to inform you that I have successfully transferred the funds under the co-operation of a new partner from Melbourne Australia.And presently am in Melbourne for some investment projects and medical check up with my own share of the total sum. as you should understand that during the period of processing the transfer that my health situation was very poor.
Meanwhile, I did not forget all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring the funds despite that it failed us some how along the way. Now I will like you to contact my secretary , his name is Mr.Emmanuel Osita email:( And ask him to send you the total sum of( $1.700.000.00 )which I kept for you, for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter i will never easily forget all your passt efforts to assist no matter that i was not able to get it concluded with you.
I appreciated all your efforts at that time very much. So feel free and get in touch with my secretary Mr.Emmanuel and instruct him where to send the Bank Draft to you.
Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the joy after all the sufferies at that time. In the moment,I am very busy here because of the investment projects and my health which me and my new partners are having at hand. Finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my secretary on your behalf in respect to that matter as well, So feel free to get in touch with him in respect to that so that he will send the amount to you without any delay.
Yours faithfully. Barrister Bona Johnson.

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