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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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Fraud email example:

From: "FROM KONAN JOHNSON" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 27 Dec 2007 06:03:24 +0000
Subject: FROM Mr Konan Johnson/ CONFIDENTIAl Treat Ungently

Good Day
We have come to you with a sincere heart believing in Almighty God that you will consider our plight and come to our help with your assistance to save our life and have our inherited funds transferd over to your country .
My name is Konan Victor Johnson with my sister sandra johnson we are from Sierra-Leone in west africa, I am 19 yrs old and my sister is 16 years old and we are students. the childern of late former director of finance,Chief Williams Johnson of Sierra-Leone, diamond and mining corporation,Please I would like you to assist us as urgent as you can before they kill us and please take us as your children,I must confess my agitation is real, and my words is my bond in this proposal.
our father was a wealthy gold and diamond dealer. This happened on oct-sept, 2006 when they discovered a very bigsome of money my father deposited in a Bank here, As a result of this discovery and the enviness of this money ,he was poisioned by his associates with the help of our relatives at his hospital bed ,he revealed to me the reasons of his sickness and told me that we should becareful of our relatives and others.
I contacted you because Before my late father died he directed me where to get the documents of the Money he deposited in a Bank in Abidjan, that he made me the next of kin being the only son .He advise me that if he dies , that we should not stay in our country because of our relatives will equally kill us hence our mother died five years ago of breast cancer. He directed me if he dies that we shloud go down to Abidjan and look for a foreign partner who will help me to transfer his money into the person's account and the person will help us to invest the money in his country and that i should pray to God first before contacting any foreginer and he warned me strictly that I should avoid african men with their greedy and evil mind since this is the only legacy we are inheriting from him.
It pained me that my father finally died on 5th of march this year and since then we was out of school and went into hiding because of my father's relatives. All the relevant documents of the $27 million us dollars that was deposite are with me now,i am compensating you with 15% of the total money amount, now all my hope is banked on you and I really wants to invest this money in your country,where there is stability of Government, political and economic welfare and and the continuation of our education in your country cause i want to be a lawyer and sandra want to be a doctor and again to be clarified to you that i do not expose myself to anybody I see, I believe that you are able to keep this transaction secret for me because this money is the hope of my life, it is important and promise me and Sandra my younger sister to be a guiardian considering our situation and not to betray us with this number +225 02 559 522.
Please all I needed from you is to furnish me with some information which are........
1 your full name
2 your full address
3 phone number
4 fax
5 Bank account number
6 Bank address
7 Account name
Which i will take to the bank for the processing of the transfer and for me to send you bank contact,so that you will contact the bank .
Please this is my private yahoo email which i allways check reply me here
Thanks and God bless
Best regards
Konan Victor Johnson

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