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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: "Casmir Johnson" <>
Date: Sat, 12 Nov 2005 13:14:52 +0200

I would like to start off by introducing myself.I am MR.CASMIR JOHNSON
financial consultant,I run a private firm. My head office is in
London,United Kingdom, and branch offices in Manchester, South Africa and

First of all, it may please you to know that I got your contact through a
private searchengine online.I represent a lot of high profile clients, both
home and overseas. One of such clients unfortunately was recently held by
the British Government on money laundering charges.
You can find the news on the BBC news link below:

>From all indications, there is a great chance of him being incarcerated and
following this as his financial adviser, he has personally requested that I
commence on an immediate search for a partner for him in the United
States/Europe/Canada/Asia who will act as the next of kin / beneficiary and
take charge of his other finances in the likely event of his incarceration.

This shall be a business agreement and all relevant documentation to make
you the beneficiary to his other finances including power of attorney,
letters of authority will be prepared. You will take charge of all
concerning this fund and will manage it based on your own discretion, you
will also be entitled to a percentage of this fund for your participation.

You go through the BBC news link above, you will see that my client is in a
very desperate situation and presently he is under arrest without bail in
UK, at the advice of his lawyer if he doesn't commence an immediate transfer
of his other finances, he Stands a chance of loosing everything. At the
moment, his assets in London IS worth about 25Million Pounds is near

If you are interested, my direct number and email is below to reach me. Then
I can furnish you with more facts. I am purposely withholding other vital
details until I find somebody who will indicate interest.

Please note that the amount of transfer in question is well over 20 Million
UK Pounds sterlings.If indicate that you can handle such huge transfer then
we will commence with the business immediately with you.

Your reply and seriousness will be highly appreciated, if not please do not
bother as we have no time to waste and copy your reply to


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