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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. Rosella Johnson" <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2012 20:16:14 +0900
Subject: Urgent

My name is Mrs. Rosella Johnson. I am a dying woman who had decided to donate what I have to you. I am 59 years old and was diagnosed for cancer about 2 years ago, I lost my husband and i was left alone i have no family and I will be going for an operation, and i pray that i survive the operation I have decided to WILL/donate the sum of (Ten million five hundred thousand dollars) to you for the good work of the lord.

Presently, I have informed my lawyer about my decision in WILLING this fund to you. Kindly Contact my lawyer through this email address ( or you can call his private line: Tel: +447035939722. If you are interested in carrying out this task.

Thank you and God bless you.

Mrs. Rosella Johnson

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