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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:

Reply-To: JOSEPH ONYE <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 15:37:32 +0000 (UTC)

 Good day,
Please my dear Sir / madame  i am here to inform you that i been trying to contact you since yesterday morning first to fall my name is JOSEPH ONYE from Nigeria in Africa 
I am a young boy of 24 years old. I am a standard footballer bet my problem now is that i lost my boot when i was sickness and i want you to help me like your friend through the boot, please why i want you to help me agent is that 53 community in our state have a match from December 18th to 30th 2014 and i still be-leave my leg if i go the match i will win something. 

Please! my promise is that i will pay you back after the match immediately and God of heaven will promote you more bless in your business. am waiting to hear from you

Once again my name is JOSEPH ONYE


Call: +22999140076, +2347062530990

Thank you and remain blessing.

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