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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: "Mrs.Lydia Johnson" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 14 Mar 2005 12:23:32 +0000
Subject: Good-day from Mrs.Lydia Johnson.

From Mrs.Lydia Johnson
Liberte Sicap 1,
Dakar Senegal.

Goodday Dear,

I know this mail will come to you as a surprise,nevertheless I am Mrs. Lydia Johnson, aged 59 years,
the wife of Major stephen johnson, Chief Security Officer and Aide-de–camp to the exiled president
Charles Tailor of Liberia . As a result of the on-going problem in my country, I am saddled with
problems of my ill-health of protracted diabetes and high blood pressure which is getting of increase in
the recent times, more importantly getting a trust worthy individual abroad to receive the sum of
US$7million on our behalf.
Due to this war crises presently in my city Monrovia our home town, I managed to sneak myself and my son
David 23 years of age and four other of my daughters out of Monrovia to Dakar senegal for safety. We were
sneaked into Dakar Senegal through the land boarder by the help of some
government militant group. After the killing of my husband by the
rebels, we decided to come down here to Dakar senegal to secure the deposit in a
finance firm by my husband and to further look for a trust worthy
individual abroad to receive these deposit which has being deposited here in Dakar
Senegal before he was eventually killed by the heartless rebels. I feel
confident therefore to introduce myself to you based on this problem and our present condition
as all our foreign contacts and connections got lost during this crises,
all properties burnt by the rebels. I am desperately in need to move and re-locate this huge deposit to your
country for safe keeping as this is the only wealth remaining for the future survival and well being of my large family.
For your percentage for assistance, a negotiable percentage will be
discussed as soon as I receive your response based on this plea for your
assistance as our lives are highly in danger due to this problem. I pray and plead for your help. You can email me back for
further clarifications God bless you as you respond to my plea for



Mrs Lydia Johnson.

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