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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: John Albert <>
Reply-To: John Albert <>
Date: Fri, 23 Dec 2011 19:35:12 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: hi

Dearest one,
I hope my mail find you in good health condition? If so thanks to almighty God. My name is John Albert, I am new with internet and feel very reluctant to finding my rightful partner for this help I needed especially through the internet but the lord has revealed to me that you will be a God sent to help me in this favor, so I decided to give it a try to contact you. Let me tell you a little about myself and why I contacted you.
 I am an orphan, meaning I don't have both parents any more their death has really caused me lot of sorrow because the death circumstances was trace back to the government of my country because of his support for the opposition party with his wealth. It is such a long story which I will explain further to you later. When my father was at the hospital, he gave me a document of some money he deposited with a security company for investment purpose in Europe which he was unable to accomplish before his death. He gave me this document because he made my name as the next of kin to the deposit and he instructed me to hide away from his family members because they are looking for the document of that deposit and that is why they formed together to kill him with his business associates and the government. And now they have taken over my entire father's estate and share it all so my life is now in danger because they know about the document I have with me so now
I run away from them to a secret location to find help. I took this document and after which my father died I had to hide truly because it was not secure for me to leave here anymore. My father once advises me to look for a nice person somewhere outside my country in Africa here; to help me to transfer the money from the security company to his account and establish with it. He warned me the person must be outside of this country and I should make sure I trust him. Well like I told you it's a long story but I believe if you are truly the one for me, I will find solution to this and travel to meet you soon. I truly need someone with good heart, compassion, honesty, caring to look after me and my inheritance. The whole money is $3,500.000 (Three million five hundred thousand US dollars) In my father's agreement with the financial security company, he said that the deposit can only be transferred when I reached age 30yrs or if I introduce a capable person
of my choice, and I really want to fulfill his wish so that all things will be okay for me. I am 20 years old now and I need your help so that I will introduce you to the security company as my beneficiary.
 I want you to help me in this way:
1. I will introduce you to the financial security company as my partner and i want my inherited deposit money to be transfer to your care.
2. I will send you all the deposit details and contact of the security company and you will call them on my behalf for the transfer to you.
3. Once it is transferred to you, you will send me little amount from the money to arrange my travel to meet you.
 4. You will be my partner and guidance to find a good investment with the money.
5. I will offer you 20% of the total money as compensation for your effort and assistance and 5% for your expenses once the money is transferred to you.
Once I get your reply I will write you more steps to take and I can transfer my inheritance to you and travel to meet you for joint work and partnership. I will give you some compensation from this money but I want us to have more truthful relationship than this money alone.
Note: I count on your honesty for this transfer and please whatever you spend to finish this transfer for me will be rewarded apart before your 20% compensation.
Hope to read from you pretty soon God bless you,
John Albert.

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