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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: "Mrs.Yoshiyo Rebecca" <>
Date: Sun, 23 Oct 2011 00:33:20 +0800 (SGT)
Subject: From Mrs Rebecca Yoshiyo

Peace be unto you,

From Mrs Rebecca Yoshiyo


I got your email address through Internet as I had prayed before contacting you.( psalm 37;23) I am Mrs Yoshiyo Rebecca yuuji from Japan . I was married to late Mr.Kiichi tasco Davis Yuuji, former Japan’s Ambassador who died in March this year 2011 Japan's earthquake.

I wish to inform you that I’m one of the earthquake victims that struck my country Japan on March 11, lasted for about 35 seconds, killed more than 15,703 people. with about 4,647 missing and 5,314 injured All my family members of three children including my husband were among those that was killed, I and my little boy Yokohama Samuel 13 years were the only surviving of the ugly incident in my family. My two legs were amputated and am having sever chest pains, I’m presently at a private hospital here in Japan. waiting for surgical operation.

I and my husband were both born again Christian and we have spend most of our live time in service to humanity and also we love and respect other religion. When my late husband was alive we were by the grace of GOD jointly deposited the sum of ($5.5 Million) Five Million five hundred thousand dollars in a fix / deposit account in one of the prime bank in and due to the worsen condition of my health i will like this funds to be transferred as soon as possible to you as my foreign partner because I don’t know what may happen tomorrow

Friend it has been over 5 months since the ugly incident took place and my health is not getting any better at all, Recently, my Doctor told me I may not last for the next two months due to my internal chest injury. After discussing with my bank manager concerning this fund explaining to him why I needed it to be transferred to my foreign partner’s account now, he has assured me that he is ready to carry out the transfer of the fund to any account or country of my choice as part of his own way of assisting a dying woman like me. as long as the beneficiary can be able to prove some reasonable financial base, capable of receiving and taking care of the fund then he will personally make sure that the fund is successfully transferred into your account without any problem,

What I want from you now is to help me take care of this fund for my little son Samuel. You will be the overseer of everything because I want these funds to be well kept in your personal account and you will look for a very standard School for him in your country but I want to tell you that these funds are meant for Samuel again for Samuel. You will open account for Him and deliver the fund to him when he clock 23 years. I don't need any telephone conversation in this regard because of my health as the management of this hospital doesn’t want any phone conversation, they only allowed the use of laptop computer. The United Nation has given Samuel (UN) "Children passport" as he can enter your country without Visa.

With God all things are possible. As soon as I receive your reply I will give you the relevant documents that will legalise you to have access over this fund. I will also issue you an affidavit that will prove you as the present beneficiary of the fund. Delay in your reply may give room in searching for another God fearing person for this same


you can send your reply to my private email address (

Mrs Yoshiyo Rebecca yuuji



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