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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: James Johnson <midomako076@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 24 Jan 2008 05:46:48 -0800
Subject: I AM IN DUBAI NOW,SO OPEN AND READ AND GET BACK TO ME OK


Dear Friend,
Good day to you, I am so sorry for sending you this unsolicited and
unexpected mail.
I got your contact from a Business Directory in my agents office and I
decided to contact you directly for the sake of business.
My full Name is james johnson. from Liberia I am here in U. A.E
searching for a reliable and experience business partner.
I have about $5.4 Million Dollars and I would need your assistance
investing it either here in U.A.E or any country of your choice under your
guidance.So I am only soliciting for your assistance to help invest. My
Business is totally free of risk and trouble.If you are willing to
invest in this business, please give me your confidential contact phone
number so that we can discuss on how to see face to face and discuss more
in details.Thank you once again for your interest and waiting for your
reply.
Best Regards,
james johnson

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