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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: gabriel johnson <>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 16:19:26 -0800 (PST)

Dear Friend
I Am Mr.G. Johnson the Manager, Bills And Exchange at the Foreign
Remittance Department in a Bank. Actually, I have a very urgent &
confidential Business Proposition for you and for our overall mutual
interest. On the 6th of March 2001, our Customer, an American
late Jeffrey Collman, an Oil Merchant / Contractor with the Federal
Government of Nigeria, deposited, a valued amount of US$32Million in my
branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarded
address but got no reply. After a month we sent a reminder and finally
discovered from his contract employers NNPC, that late Jeffrey Collman,
until his death five years ago in a ghastly terrorist attack to
Airlines Flight 11, from Boston, Massachusetts, to Los Angeles, California, crashed into the North Tower of the World Trade Center
with 86 people on board. All occupants of the Aeroplane unfortunately
their lives. On further investigation, I found out that he did not
leave a
WILL and all attempts to trace his Next of kin were fruitless. I
made further investigation and discovered that late Jeffrey Collman,
not declare any Next of kin in all his official documents.
This sum US$32Million is still floating in the bank and the interest is
being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No
will come forward to claim it. According to Nigerian Laws, at the
expiration of 7years, the money will revert to the Ownership of the
Nigerian Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Consequently,
proposal is that i will like you as a foreigner to stand in as a Next
kin of late Jeffrey Collman. This is simple. All I require is your
and co-operation to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that
will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you
any breach of the law. I will want you to send to me on your return
the following information for the transfer in your favor.
1. Your full names as the Beneficiary of the Fund.
2. Your contact address.
3. Your private phone and fax numbers,
Let's consider that our ratio of sharing will be as stated Thus;
1. I as the Originator of the Fund will take 60% of the transferable
2. You as the Manager of the Fund will take 40% of the transferable
Most importantly, CONFIDENTAILITY as what I saw as the life wire to the
success of the transfer of this Fund must have to be emulated between
and me. You have to use this media to promise me that you will not in
anyway expose the content of this transaction to anybody be it your
Friends, Colleagues and Co-Workers.
I will also want you to send your reply to this email:
( as soon as you get this mail to enable us
on the modalities and processes for success of this transaction. Thanks
for your anticipated cooperation and understanding.
I wait for your kind response.Thanks And Remain blessed.
Mr. G J.

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