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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. Yoshiko" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 01:19:19 -0000
Subject: RE: Hello Friend


My Name Is Mrs. Y. Ishii Taro, I am from Japan my father was into
real-estate lease business before he died in 2004. I am contacting
you in a view of the fact that we will be of great assistance to
each other like wise developing a cordial relationship. My self
along with my sister try hiding millions of dollars worth of cash
in our garage to evade about $27.8 million in inheritance taxes in
Japan.I have 2,061,681,295.50 JPY Japan Yen Equivalent to
$25,448,300.00 USD United States Dollars, which i intended to use
for investment purpose overseas.This money i saved in a private
erected security company safe. It is my lawyer and myself that know
where the money is kept. Due to the current situation in my country
concerning government attitude towards my family, it has become quite
impossible for us to make use of this money within, thus we seek your
assistance to transfer this money out of Japan. Bearing in mind that
your assistance is needed to transfer this fund, we propose a
commission of 21% Twenty One Percent of the total sum to you for the
expected service and assistance,If you are interested please reply
immediately with your full name and Phone number to my
private email:

Mrs. Y. Ishii Taro

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