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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: John Francis Kelly <"Johnkelly.">
Reply-To: John Francis Kelly <>
Date: Mon, 2 Oct 2017 22:59:37 +0900 (JST)
Subject: This is John Francis Kelly, text me here +1(315) 646-0290

Good day!

I am contacting you regarding a special cargo that has been abandoned here at our warehouse In Washington, D.C. International Airport for over a period of 2years and when scanned, it revealed an undisclosed sum of money in it. From my findings, the cargo originated from Benin Republic and the content was not declared as money by the consignor in order to avoid diversion by the shipping agent. So after our discovering we decided to break the box and we realize that the box contained $8.5Million USD dollars. And we also found out that the box also contained one certificate which is LEGALITY CERTIFICATE. Please I want you to text me message so that I can show you everything

click here and read about me

You're required to forward me this below data as listed blow

Full name..........
Phone number....

Best Regards
Dr. John Francis
Address: 3801 Nebraska Ave NW,
Washington, DC 20016, USA

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