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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 Jeh Johnson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <jehjohnson89@yahoo.com>
Date: Tue, 31 Dec 2013 04:41:02 -0500
Subject: GREETING TO YOU!!!!!!!

Desk of Mr. Jeh Johnson
Secretary of US Department of Homeland Security Washington D.C.

Attention Beneficiary,

Records show that you are among one of the individuals and organizations who are yet to receive their overdue payment from overseas which includes those of Lottery, Gambling, Contract and Inheritance.

Through our Fraud Monitory Unit we have also noticed that over the past you have been transacting with some imposters and fraudsters.

The Cyber Crime Division of the Homeland Security gathered information from the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) formerly known as the Internet Fraud Complaint Center (IFCC) of how some people have lost outrageous sums of money to these Imposters.

We have negotiated with the Federal Ministry of Finance of Nigeria that your payment totaling $1,300,000.00 USD will be released to you via a custom pin based VISA CREDIT CARD ATM CARD with a maximum withdrawal limit of $12,000 a day which is powered by Visa Card and can be used anywhere in the world for for withdraw or transaction.

We have perfected everything in regards to the release of your $1,300,000.00 United States Dollars to be 100% risk free and free from any hitches

To redeem your fund you are hereby advised to abide to the instruction below to enable the shipment of the Premium Visa Credit card and it back up document and the charge fee required to pay the shipping and security insurance fee is $125 only nothing more and no hidden fees as everything else has been taken cared of by the Federal Government including taxes, custom paper and clearance duty so all you will ever need to pay is $125 only.

Meanwhile, before the delivery or shipment will take place, you are advice to send to us the following data? mention below:

Full Name: ..........................................
Residential Address: ................................
Country: ............................................
Age: ................................................
Sex: ................................................
Occupation: .........................................
Direct Phone Number: ................................
Any Form of Identity:................................


Once again we are so sure of you receiving your payment at no any other cost as we have taking it upon our duty to monitor everything in other to cub cyber crime that is perpetrated by those impostors.


Thanks and hope to read from you soon to enable us to deliver your package to you,

Mr. Jeh Johnson.
Secretary of US Department of Homeland Security
Address: 245 Murray Ln Sw # 14, Washington D.C.
About Me website: http://www.dhs.gov/secretary-jeh-johnson

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