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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. Patient" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:10:11 -0000
Subject: Letter Of Intent.....



I hope this message won’t come to you as a kind of embarrassment. I am Mrs. patient good luck Jonathan , the wife of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria . I am contacting you because i believed you can have this done and also make it a secret between you and I. The new party members has been fighting against my husband whom said he will not contest for the next coming election.

there was about $25.5million which i will like you to claim as a business partner here in Nigeria. It is on this note that I had to contact you for assistance for safety keep pending when I will come over to your country. Every necessary arrangement towards the successful movement of the money has been concluded, but I needed your assistance to get this done.

Yours faithfully,

Mrs. Patient Good Luck Jonathan

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