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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: Johnson Linda <>
Date: Fri, 2 May 2008 01:41:57 +0800 (CST)

Good Day!

My name is Linda Johnson, I am with the US Army and I am serving in the 1st Armoured Division in Iraq. Me and my partner discovered and moved funds belonging to Saddam Hussein.

The total is $35,000,000.00 (Thirty-Five million US dollars) this money is being kept safe. Click on this link to read about events that took place here.
Basically since we are working for the American government we cannot keep these funds so we want to transfer the funds to you, so that you can keep it for us in your safe account until after our service.

We will divide the total fund this way, 80% for me and my partner while 15% will be for you and the other 5% will be set aside for any expenses that might be incurred.

This business should be kept confidential due to the nature of our work and
present status.If you are interested send me an e-mail signifying your interest including your private telephone/fax numbers for quick communication.

Anticipating your immediate response.

Ms Linda Johnson & Private Alex Ramon

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