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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: "From Prince Adam Johnson" <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 19:30:28 +0200
Subject: Message From Prince Adam Johnson

From: Prince Adam Johnson.
Camp Dé Refugéé
Rue 12 Leberte Avenue,
Republic Senegal.

Dearest One,

My name is Prince Adam Johnson. an orphan and the only surviving son of late former minister of finance in Angola Dr. Michael Jonson. who died as a result of rebel attack during one of their peace keeping forum in the year 2003.

I inherited Sum of £17 Million British Pounds from my late parents. The fund is deposited in One of the prime finance company In West Africa under a family arrangement.

My main purpose of sending you this mail is because of the way I found you and perhaps trustworthy to give this priority of the family treasure deposited in the finance company which contain the total fund the sum of £17 Million British Pounds to any address that you think is very secured and safe in place with your percentage of which we shall delibrate on as soon as you confirm to me your capability to assist me. I will come over to your country to continue my education as soon as the funds is claimed by you.

There is need for urgent action to avoid Authority action on frozen my late father's Wealth. I give thanks immensely for the co-operation as I look forward to hear from you soonest.

Best Regard,
Prince Adam Johnson.

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