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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: "ROSEMARY JOHNSTON" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 9 Aug 2019 06:28:54 -0700

My Good Friend,
My Name is Rosemary Johnston and also a 42 years old woman. Am from United State of America, Based in England, In respect of my late husband who died few years ago because of his dream. Late Engineer Larry Johnston who wanted to open a company, was attacked by on known man, and the people around rushed him to the hospital and he died.
Before his death he told me all his secret were he lunch (15.5 Million U.S Dollar) to enable me move forward in this transaction, remember that after the transaction I will give you 20% out of the total fund.
The last word my late husband told me that is that he is not going to survive in the insets, that I should look for a reasonable, responsibly person  that will help him to achieve his dream. My late husband Larry Johnston told me that I should not spend this money in a wrong way that I should make sure that I use this fund to open a company.
NOTE: That this is a risk free business with me and you. Only if you will trust your self and agree to help me to achieved my late husband vision. Secondly I can not make calls because of my late husband relatives, they are around me and they watch my movement, they want to spend this money in a wrong way.
If you are Interested in assisting me get back to me with your full details so that we will proceed to get this done. 
1) Your full name.
2) Phone, and mobile #.
3) Your direct address.
4) Your profession, age and marital status.
So my beloved one we, will be only communicating Via email:
Thank you for your understanding.
Best regard
Rosemary Johnston.

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