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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: "Mario Dejohn" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 20:39:38 -0700

Hello, Dear Friend.

I am Mrs Mario Dejohn A citizen of United States , 48 years Old. I reside herein New Braunfels Texas . My residential address is as follows. 108 Crockett Court. Apt 303 , New Braunfels Texas , United States, I am thinking of relocating since God has make possible for me. I am one of those that took part in the Compensation in Nigeria many years ago and they refused to pay me, I had paid over$20,000 while in the US , trying to get my payment all to no avail.

So I decided to travel down to Nigeria with all my compensation documents, and I was directed to meet Barrister Fate Njoku, who is the member of COMPENSATION AWARD COMMITTEE, I contacted her and She explained everything to me. sHe said whoever is contacting us through emails are fake. She took me to the paying bank for the claim of my Compensation payment. Right now I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my compensation funds of $1,500,000.00

Moreover,Barrister Fate showed me the full information of those that are yet to receive their payments and I saw your name as one of the beneficiaries, and your email address, that is why I decided to email you to stop dealing with those Impostors, they are not with your funds, they are only making money out of you. I will advise you to contact Barrister Fate Njoku directly on this information below.


Name: Barrister Mrs.Fate Njoku

You really have to stop dealing with those people that are contacting you and telling you that your fund is with them, it is not in anyway with them, they are only taking advantage of you and they will dry you up until you have nothing. The only money I paid after I meet the Barrister Fate was just $185 for the paper works, take note of that. Once again stop contacting those People,contact The Barrister so that she can help you to Deliver your fund instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of money to complete your transaction. The only money entitled on your name is $1,500,000.00.Million US Dollars Please don't be deceived.

Thank You and Be Blessed.

Mrs.Mario Dejohn
Crockett Court. Apt 303,
New Braunfels Texas ,
United States of America

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