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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 Tony Johnson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 6 Jul 2010 12:22:40 +0100
Subject: I NEED A TRUSTEE FRIEND.....................TO HELP

Dear Friend

With all due respect, My name is Mr Tony Johnson and an attorney by
profession, in my quest to find a reliable trustee to manage the
assets/estate of my late client valued at only US$11,000,000.00 (Eleven
Million United States Dollars), I contacted you and it is the only reason
why you are receiving this email from me I shall be willing to supply you
with more detailed information concerning this business project upon
hearing back from you.

I have no intention whatsoever to delve into your private life considering
the fact that you have never had any communication with me in the past,
but due to the nature of this business project based on the fact that I
lack the locus-stand to assume the role of the trustee or appoint any of
my relation to become the trustee by virtue of the facts and circumstances
surrounding this project,

I am left with no other choice, but to carry out a discreet search for a
reputable person outside the shores of my country and consequently seek
your stewardship.

If you wish to render your selfless service, but very rewarding, do
provide me with your telephone numbers and home address via email.

I shall provide you with more detailed information upon hearing back from
you. Thank you, all inconvenience is regretted.

please i will like you to get back to my pravite Email

Best regards,

Mr Tony Johnson Esq.

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