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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: Josephine Yengeni <>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 05:24:28 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Miss Josephine Yengeni



I am Miss Josephine Yengeni from sierra leone .
I am 24 years old and presently residing
in Dakar-Senegal because of the political
crisis in my Country.

I got your contact in strict confidence through
Senegal Chamber of Commerce.

I would Honestly want to seek for an immediate assistance from you, I have $7.2 Million US dollars belonging to my late Father Mr Jones Yengeni
who was held bondage by the Rebels during the
crisis and was letter killed.

I ran to Senegal refugee Camp when I Discovered
danger to my life and that of my only youger
sister Mary untill the death of my beloved father
he paked the above mentioned Amount and
deposdit it with a SECURITY COMPANY for
safe keeping i have every Documents regards the transaction.

I have contacted the SECURITY COMPANY and confirmed the safety of the fund/inheritance,
As it is, I have the intention of investing the money
oversees and however needed a Foreigner who is capable of giving adequate assistance to me
by the way of clearing the money from the
SECURITY COMPANY and thereafter forwarding
it to your Account for investments.

I have nice percentage of the money for you.
If Necessary, Please do feel free to ask me
questions on this as I wait for your reply soonest at


Miss Josephine Yengeni

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