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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. Bonnie Renata Jerry" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Feb 2014 15:17:57 +0200


Hello and how are you doing today? I wanted you to know that your funds were released from West-Africa and now in Chicago. It was carried by our diplomat Mr. Adonis Donna and the funds are now in Chicago in USA at the present time.

The funds are now lying with the diplomat who brought the funds from West Africa to Chicago and the consignment contained the sum of 10.5 Million US Dollars. The diplomat does not know the content of what is in the consignment he brought to USA. On the documents that were given out to him he was told the consignment contains industrial items and documents. So, please do not let him know the content of the consignment till it is delivered to you and opened by you.

You will be given the pass code to open the consignment box as soon as we confirm it had been delivered and signed by you. When contacting him do not let him know that the consignment which he had brought to USA contains Money. You will be contacting the diplomat for the delivery of the consignment to you.

Below is his contact information's. You should let him know your location so that the consignment can be delivered to you. You are to send to him your contact phone number and address with the below email.

Name: Adonis Donna

When contacting him you, send him your address and phone number and ask him to call you. If you have any question you can contact me.

Please do let me know as soon as you contact the diplomat.

Yours truly
Mrs. Bonnie Renata Jerry

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