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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 Douglas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 18:04:50 +0100
Subject: Urgent Get Back to Receive this Fund.

Hello Friend,

I am. Mr.Johnson Douglas and I am a Nigeria soldier attached to UN peace keeping force in Syria. I am the commanding officer of the First Battalion of the Royal Nigeria Regiment. AS you may know, everyday there are several cases of insurgent attacks and suicide bombs going on here. We have managed to move funds belonging to some demised persons who were attacked and killed through these attacks. The total amount is US$65 Million dollars in cash.

We want to move this money to you, so that you can help keep our share for us until when we shall come over to meet you. My partner and I will take 65%, while you take 30% and 5% shall be map out for expenses that might be incurred in the cost of the transfer. No strings attached! Just help us move it out of Syria which is a war zone right now.

We plan on using UN Diplomatic courier and shipping the money out in two large metallic Boxes, using diplomatic immunity. If you are interested, I will send you the full details. My job is to find a good partner that we can trust and who is ready to assist us. Can we trust you? When you receive this letter, kindly send me an e-mail signifying your interest including your most confidential telephone/fax numbers and other contact details for quick communication.

This business is risk free. The boxes can be shipped out within 48hrs.Please If you are Interested in assisting, kindly reply through this PRIVATE and CONFIDENTIAL Email for further Documentations and briefing, E-mail:


Mr. Johnson Douglas.

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