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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: Johnson Matthew <>
Reply-To: Johnson Matthew <>
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 22:48:32 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Investment offer,

I am Mr. Johnson Matthew, working with United Nation in
Juba South Sudan. We have a deal in our office we can
run together. A colleagues of mine Mr. Joshua Williams,
who was posted to Juba International Airport, where the
United Nations aircraft that was carrying Relief materials
and five boxes of cash money of USD.$50,000,000:00, in
each box is the sum of USD.$10,000,000:00, when the
aircraft was attacked and looted by the rebel, he deviated
one box out the five boxes, he managed to move the one
box to a security company in Juba South Sudan.

Now the only thing I want from you is your full name, your
contact address and your phone/mobile numbers, so that your
name will be used to do the change of ownership in your name
and a backup of South Sudan high Court affidavit. We are ready
to move this cash fund to you in country, so that we can use this
money for investment in your country.We are ready to give you 40% of the total sum.Please I am waiting to hear from you soonest

Best Regards
Mr.Johnson Matthew
United Nations Mission HQ.
P.O Box 29 Juba 081111
Republic of South Sudan
Cell: +211955364450

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