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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: "BARR TERRY JOHNSON" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <Johnson_terry180@yahoo.com>
Date: Thu, 25 Mar 2021 10:42:22 -0700
Subject: RE MY CONFIDENTIAL BENEFICIAL TRANSACTION 189.7.81.

FROM THE DESK OF MRS. DEZANI. ALISON. MADUEKE
% BARR TERRY JOHNSON
 
 
VERY URGENT  AND SECRET.
 
 
 
WITH ALL DUE RESPECT PLEASE.
 
MY NAME IS BARR. TERRY JOHNSON FAMILY LAWYER  TO MRS. DEZANI ALISON MADUEKE
FORMER PETROLEUM MINISTER 2015  IN NIGERIA UNDER PRESIDENT GOOD LUCK
JONATHAN .
 
DUE MY LOYALTY AND AS FAMILY LAWYER  ALL THE
YEARS , MY CLIENT AS QUOTED ABOVE HAVE MANDATED / ASK ME  TO SEARCH
FOR A RELIABLE GOD FEARING PERSON
TO  PARTNER WITH HER TO INVEST THE SUM $145,000,000.00  DOLLARS
PRESENTLY LODGED IN A BANK IN ACCRA GHANA FOR A LUCRATIVE BUSINESS
THAT WILL YIELD INCREASE OR PROCEED INSTEAD OF BEING DUMPED WITHOUT
USAGE NOT YIELDING ANY GOOD INTEREST AT MOMENT .. EVEN HOSPITAL
EQUIPMENT PENDING THE TIME OF MY ARRIVAL .
 
ACCORDING TO HER SITUATION OVER THIS NIGERIAN WHISTLE BLOWERS ALL
AROUND SHE IS AT THE
VERGE OF LOSING IT BY THOSE NEWLY INAUGURATED OR INTRODUCED  WHISTLE
BLOWERS IN
NIGERIA , THEY CALL IT OPERATION LOCATE OR GIVE SUCH INFORMATION WHERE
BIG FUNDS ARE LODGED FOR THEM TO GAIN SOME GIFTS OF MILLIONS OF
DOLLARS .
 
I DO NOT WANT  HER  ACCOUNT TO BE LOCATED OR FOUND ITS HER HARD EARN SWEAT.
.
 
ALL I NEED IS AN HONEST PERSON WHO WILL PARTNER WITH HER AND RECEIVE
THIS MONEY ON HER BEHALF AND HELP HER TO INVEST  IN ESTATE BUILDING
WITH THE MONEY  OR IN ANY INVESTMENT THAT IS WITHOUT RISK EVEN IF ITíS
WITH LOW PROFIT BUT STABLE.
 
PLEASE BE INFORMED  THAT THIS TRANSACTION IS ABSOLUTELY WITHOUT RISK
 
BUT IN CASE YOU HAVE DOUBT YOU CAN VIEW THE NEWS REPORT ON WEB SITES
 
http://saharareporters.com/2017/01/06/former-minister-petroleum-diezani-forfeits-153-million-federal-government-nigeria
 
SHE MADE THE MONEY THROUGH CONSULTANCY FEE AND APPRECIATION PAID BY
FOREIGN OIL COMPANIES PRIOR TO ALLOCATION OF DEEP WATER OIL BLOCKS AND
LIFTING/PROSPECTING RIGHT.
 
NIGERIA IS THE 6TH LARGEST PRODUCER/EXPORTER OF CRUDE PETROLEUM IN THE
WORLD.
 
AS YOU ARE PROBABLY AWARE THIS PRESENT ADMINISTRATION OF BUHARI IS
GOING ROUND THE WORLD SEEKING FOR WHERE THE PAST ADMINISTRATION KEEP
MONEY SO THAT HE CAN CONFISCATE IT OR KNOWN AS WHISTLE BLOW .
 
I THEREFORE RESOLVED TO INVEST THIS MONEY INTO YOUR COMPANY ABROAD FOR
SAFETY
IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH US PLEASE SEND TO YOUR DETAILS
WHICH INCLUDES YOUR MOBILE PHONE NUMBERS SO THAT WE CAN SIGN
MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING WHICH WILL STAND AS A BINDING AGREEMENT.
PRESENTLY I BASED IN THE USA BUT IF YOU ARE INTERESTED TO WORK WITH ME
THEN REACH ME ON MY TELEPHONE FOR ME TO ARRANGE THE NEXT WAY FORWARD
FOR US TO MEET FACE TO FACE AND MOVE THE FUNDS TO YOUR COUNTRY . :
 
 
 
 
REGARDS
BARR TERRY JOHNSON
P.A TO MRS. DEZANI ALISON MADUEKE
NB
THE FUNDS COULD  BE USED FOR LAND SURVEYORS THAN BEING SEIZED HERE IN
NIGERIA PLS CONSIDER THIS DECISION
 
 

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