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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: "Roland Johnson" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 12:56:48 -0400

Hello my good friend.

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your family. You may not
understand why this mail came to you.But if you do not remember me, you
might have receive an email from me in the past regarding a
multi-million-dollar business proposal which we never concluded. I am using
this opportunity to inform you that this multi-million-dollar business has
been concluded with the assistance of another partner from Paraguay who
financed the transaction to a logical conclusion.

I thank you for your great effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into
your account due to one reason or the other best known to you. But I want to
inform you that I have successfully transferred the fund out of my bank to
my new partner's account in Paraguay that was capable of assisting me in
this great venture. Due to your effort, sincerity, courage and trust
worthiness you shown during the course of the transaction. I want to
compensate you and show my gratitude to you with the sum of US$900.000.00. I
have left a certified international bank draft for you worth of
USD$900,000.00 cashable anywhere in the world.

My dear friend I will like you to contact my secretary with Pastor Frank,on
his direct email address at:[]for collection of
your bank draft. I authorized him to release the Bank Draft to you whenever
you ask him for it. At the moment,I'm very busy here because of the
investment projects, which I and the new partner are having at hand.Please I
will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is from the
bottom of my heart,
Also comply with Pastor Frank s directives so that he will send the draft to
you withoutanydelay.CONTACT:Pastor Frank.Email <>,You
are required to furnish him with the below information to enable him deliver
the cheque to you,

1.FULL NAMES:______________________
2.ADDRESS:____________ __________
4.TELEPHONE NUMBER:___________________

Hoping to hear from you.

Thanks and God bless you and your family.

MR Roland Johnson

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