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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: "Mr. Jeff Johnson" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 18:54:06 -0500 (EST)

FROM MR. JEFF JOHNSONP.O.Box 3038,57 Victoria Street London sw1h,London.I am Mr Jeff Johnson from London. I want to seek your assistance after my discovery during auditing in my bank as am the Manager of Bill and Exchange at the Foreign Remittance Department of NATWEST BANK PLC. In my department I discovered an abandoned sum of £12.5 million pounds in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Mr Morris Thompson who died along with his entire family in Alaska Plane crash on February 4th 2000. View this website for verification his death, we have been expecting his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release it unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the deceased as indicated in our banking and financial policies but unfortunately all the efforts proved abortive.It is therefore upon this discovery that I decided as the head of my department to make
this business proposal to you and release the money to you as the next of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement since nobody is coming for it and we don't want this money to go into the bank treasury as unclaimed bills.Do not view this as being illegal but an opportunity for us to help enrich our hope in life instead of the bank converting this much money to the security funds. You should not nurse any atom of fear as all required arrangements have been made for the smooth transfer of these funds and your acceptance is what will crown this effort.Remain blessed,From Mr Jeff Johnson

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