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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: From REV Bishop Jim Johnson <>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2015 09:48:03 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Confidant

Calvary greetings in the name of Jesus and May the lord God be with
you Amen. I Am Bishop Joshual King, i am here in the respect of
investment and Executor of the Will of Late Bishop Benson Idahosa,he
stipulated in his will that some certain amount of money should be
given to some churches,Christians or Good-Samaritans who have shown
their zeal and
will for the propagation of the Gospel.

As an executor of the Will,After his death Bishop Benson Idahosa have
conducted a search and made money available in Will of Late Bishop
Benson Idahosa to those listed in the Will, but up till now about 20
of them have not come up to collect their money funds either they are
dead or cannot be traced till this day. The total amount is
$14.500.000.00 MILLION DOLLARS.

Please i want to invest this money in your country,in any profitable
investment such at building of company properties / widows,motherless
home and poor people etc. but the problem is that i don't have
relative or friends that can welcome me or show me some places when i
come over to your country for this investment Will. Please i want you
to be my
friend so that you can help me once i come over to your Country and i
will pay you for your service,work or time you waste for me.

If you have accepted to work with me with this ration kindly send to
him your required information below Via email;

1.Your Full Name.
2.Your Age .
3.Your Current Phone/mobile Number .
4.Your Occupation,and your contact Address .
5. A scan copy of your international ID or Driver License.

Remain Blessed,
REV Bishop Jim Johnson
N/B, Send him contact for the claim Via;
My phone number: +22967901823

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