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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: "Sec. Marla Johnson" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Apr 2010 00:58:27 -0700

On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Engr. Luis Eduardo,
I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter returned undelivered. I
hereby attempt to reach you again by this same email address on the WILL.

I wish to notify you that Late Engr. Luis Eduardo made you a beneficiary to his
WILL.He left the sum of Twenty two million five hundred thousand United States
Dollars ($22,500.000.00USD)to you in the codicil and last testament to his WILL.

This may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but it is real and true.
Being a widely travelled man, he must have been in contact with you in the past or
simply you were recommended to him by one of his numerous friends abroad who
wished you good.

Late Engr. Luis Eduardo died on the 12th day of March,2008,at the age of 80
years, and his WILL is now ready for execution. According to him this money is
to support your humanitarian activities and to help the poor and the needy in
our society.

Please if I reach you this time as I am hopeful, endeavor to get back to me as
soon as possible to enable me conclude my job.

I hope to hear from you in no distant time through the email address below.

Phone: +34 688 292 754

Yours in Service,
Marla Johnson(Mr)
Secretary To-
Fernando G. Luna QC.


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