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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: "Robert Thomas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Nov 2018 07:23:59 -0800
Subject: USA Federal Government Grant, Apply For Grant Money With No Repayment

Dear Sir/Madam,

How are you doing?

Have you heard about USAID government grant program?

It's the new Federal funding grant program, they give financial
assistance to an individual and organization, collaborating with World
Bank and United Nations, the agency promotes the social and economy well
being for people and strengthening human services.

They are anti-poverty policy and non profit organisation funding
by government, its worldwide, you can also apply for grant from anywhere
in the whole-world and try your luck. The money is free you don't pay back
when you are qualified, i would advice you to apply for the grant because the
program will soon end.You have to apply through their agent.

The agent will help you he helped me during my own, you have to tell
him tangible reason why you want to apply for the grant. You just have
to tell him your present condition, when i contacted the Agent i told
him my reasons and i'm granted and when my grant was approved,

i was asked to fill out a form so that the courier company can locate
my destination,
I'd that immediately and send it back to them, but if you choose bank
transfer is ok, i was also asked to choose my preferable grant choice
among the available grant prizes as authorized then i choose
five million united states dollar $5,000 000:00 USD only ,

after my grant is approved i was also told to pay for
needful and back-up documents the sum of $50,000:00 USD only for the grant
amount that i choose, because every grant has it own amount payable
and refundable, when you contact Agent Johnson he shall send to you all the
available grant list

and the most amazing thing there is that, you do not have to pay back
the grant and again no collateral requirement, it's USA Federal GRANT

Make sure you send your full correct details, so that they would not
deliver your grant to wrong address at the point of delivery or

Click on reply and mail him or text through his phone number,
let him know that a friend told you to contact him on behalf of grant money,
Get in touch with the agent as quickly as possible,

Full Name: Mr. Johnson William
E-mail: (
Private Number: +1(202) 836-7153

It's real and legal i'm extremely happy because when i received the
Money from the courier company, i quickly paid off my Old bills, and
start my business again, I think it's part of life's opportunity,

I'm not joking or pulling your legs, am very serious about this i was
told by someone and i want you to do the same like i did, cause i
think is part of life time opportunity don't miss-out,

I am happy for you because many people are waiting for this
opportunity and they haven't come across it.
It has been my dream to have my own company and I believe that God
has answered my prayers by creating this opportunity.
Thank you and God bless your family.

Yours faithfully,
Robert Thomas.

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