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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: karla johnson <>
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2016 03:57:33 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Your Payment is Ready

Attention My Dear,
Your first payment of $5000 Is about to sent today through money gram
transfer You are advise to Contact Mr Johnson David your full information.
such as
Your name.....
Your country....
Your phone number..
Your adders......
To enable him to send your First Payment of $5000 today For more information
contact Mr Johnson David
Email (
Telephone:+229 68 99 38 19
will keep sending you payment until your total fund is Completed $2.7 Million

Best Regards
Karla Johnson

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