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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: johnson <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 23:01:29 +0800 (CST)

Dearest One,

My name is Mrs. Bailee Johnson. It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I and my son intend to establish in your country. Though I have not met with you before but I believe one has to risk in confiding before success sometimes in life.

There is this huge amount of ($25,500,000.00) milion dollas which my
late husband logd in a bank in EUROPE before he was assasinated by unknown persons. Now I and my son decided to invest these fund in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and safety. We want you to help us transfer it into your personal account in your
country for a good reliable bussiness investment and complition of my
son's education.

If you can be of an assistance to us we will be pleased to offer to you
20% Of the total fund. I await your soonest respons to my private
email address of my son. Email;
Respectfully yours,
Mrs Bailee Johnson


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