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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: "Mr Harry johnson" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 18:17:42 -0700
Subject: Your Partnership is Urgently Needed

From: Mr. Harry Johnson
119-121 Victoria Street,
P O Box 45273.
London, SW1E 6RA.

Hello Dear,


I have a very important request that make me to contact you; I am Mr. Harry
Johnson, I presently work as the Finance Director, Offshore Mortgage &
Services with Royal Bank of Scotland Plc, here in London. I found Your
profile very interesting and decided to contact you directly to solicit your
assistance and Guidelines in making a business investment and wire transfer
of £45.5MillionGBP (Forty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds
Sterling) to your country within the Next few days for purpose of
investments. This transaction is safe 100% legitimate and genuine. There is
NO risk involved on your part. All confirmable documents to back up the
claims in your name as the rightful beneficiary to recieved this funds as
one of our Investors, will be made ready and available to you prior to your
acceptance to this proposal.

But at the moment, I am constrained to issue more details about this
profitable Business investment until I get a positive response from you by
email, confirming your readiness to be in partnership with me. Please take
out a moment of your very busy Schedule today and respond back to me. If you
are interested; Please send me your email and include your direct mobile
telephone numbers to my email ID:<>
for an initial confidential communication, I will provide you with more
explanations about source of funds and futher details of funds wire transfer
bank to bank. I also wish for utmost confidentiality in handling this
business transaction.

Thanks for your understanding. I wait your kind response soon.

Best Regards
Mr. Harry Johnson

Finance Director. RBS.

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