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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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Fraud email example:

From: =?UTF-8?Q?=4A=61=6D=65=73=20=53=69=6D=6F=6E?= <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 19:42:22 +0300
Subject: =?UTF-8?Q?=49=20=74=72=69=65=64=20=74=6F=20=72=65=61=63=68=20=79=6F=75=20=73=65=76=65=72=61=6C=20=74=69=6D=65=73=2C=20=70=6C=65=61=73=65=20=72=65=70=6C=79?=

FROM: Mr. James Johnson.


South Africa.


Attention: Friend,

My name is MR. James Johnson from the Liberia, now residing in 

Johannesburg the Republic of South Africa due to the death of 

my father. I am the son of the political adviser to MR Charles 

Taylor, the former President of Liberia. Who was killed during 

the war in my country? If you are conversant with the public 

issues you must have heard from the cable news. Your contact 

address got to me through trade journal here in Johannesburg, 

South Africa. I am highly convinced as to solicit for your support 

and assistance after studying your personal profile. 

Thus, after my humble decision to solicit your understanding and co-operation 

in this transaction, as it will be beneficial to all of us involved.

After the death of my father, my mother called me and narrated to 

me how she and my late father deposited the sum of 


UNITED STATES DOLLARS) with a private security company here in 

Johannesburg South Africa. She also showed me all the documents 

related to this deposited money as proof of deposit, which no 

other person knows about it. 

It is only my mother and my late father who knows about the money which I am the legal beneficiary of the fund. My late father was assigned to use this money to buy 

ammunition in South Africa during the war but before they conclude 

the deal my father was assassinated by the opposition.

However, my aim of contacting you is to assist me and my mother to 

take this sum of money into your nominated bank account in your 

country or any part of the world where the money will be saved. 

Secondly, you will also help us to invest this money profitably 

in your country. Should this meet your utmost consideration, 

kindly give me your earlier reply through my 


we agreed to offer you 30% of the total amount for helping us to 

move this money to a safe destination and the remaining 70% will 

be for my mother and me.

The confidentiality in this transaction cannot be overemphasized 

as we trust and believe that you will oblige us the needed security 

and attention it demands. Please treat this transaction with absolute 

confidentiality. Also include your private telephone and fax numbers 

for confidential communication. I will then furnish you with more details.

Send this information as your reply and send it to 

my private email:

Full Name:



Contact number:

I look forward to your urgent and positive response. Be blessed as you assist me.

Best Regards

MR. James Johnson. 

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