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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: Amina Jones <>
Date: Thu, 9 Oct 2014 08:36:40 +0000
Subject: Greetings My Dearest In The Lord Jesus

Mrs. Amina Jones.

Greetings My Dearest In The Lord Jesus

I am Mrs. Amina Jones an ageing widow suffering from long time illness. I
am currently admitted in a privet hospital here in LONDON, I have some
funds I inherited from my late loving husband Mr. Benjamin Michael
Jones, the sum of GBP £7.800.000 (Seven Million Eight Hundred British
Pounds) which he deposited in one of the famous BANK here in LONDON,
UNITED KINGDOM, meanwhile, I need a very honest and God fearing
Christian or an Individual that can use this funds for God's work and
30% out of the total funds will be for your personal use as compensation
for doing this work of God. I found your email address from the
Internet and decide to contact you. Please if you would be able to use
these funds for the God's work kindly reply me. Note: This transaction
is %100 percent risk free hence everything will be handled with utmost
legality, so get back to me immediately hence any delay to your reply
will enable me source for another person. Reply here via my private
e-mail (

Thanks for your co-operations

Your Sister In The Lord.

Mrs. Mrs. Amina Jones

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