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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: Evelyn Joshua <>
Reply-To: Evelyn Joshua <>
Date: Sun, 18 Mar 2018 01:51:48 +0900 (JST)


Good day and thank you for your attention. Please i want you to carefully read my email and assist me to  handle this project if you really believe in God. I am Miss Evelyn Joshua and i humbly write to solicit for your partnership and assistance in the transfer and investment of my inheritance funds US$6,500,000.00 (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which my late beloved Father deposited in a bank before he died.

I will attach my photos and international passport for you to know me and pray for me. I want to assure you that this fund is legally acquired by my late Father and it has no criminal background. My Father legally acquired this fund through a legitimate business before he was poisoned to death during his business trip. The death of my Father was suspected to be planned by his relatives who traveled with him during that period of his business trip. Because after 3 months of my Father's death, His relatives started claiming and selling all my late Father's properties. 

My late Father's relatives are not aware of the US$6,500,000.00 (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) which my late Father deposited in the bank and my late Father secretly told me before he died that I should seek for a foreign partner in any country of my choice where i will transfer this funds for my own purposes.

Please help me to transfer this funds to your account for a business purposes in your country.  I took this decision because i have suffered a lots of humiliations from my late Father's relatives. Presently, i have had communications with the director of the bank where my late Father deposited this money. I have explained to the director of the bank about the urgency needed to make sure the fund is transferred abroad so that i can leave this country for my safety. The director of the bank has assured me that the fund will be transferred as soon as i present someone who will be honest to receive the fund on my behalf for this purpose.

Please be rest assured that the bank will transfer the fund to your account and there will be no problem. This transaction is 100% risk free and legitimate. I am willing to offer you 30% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund into your  account. You will also help me to donate 10% to charity organization and motherless babies homes in your country. 

Please all I want you to do for me is to stand as my foreign partner so that the bank will transfer this fund to your account to enable me live this country. Please, i will need your urgent assistance because of my present condition now. On your full acceptance to work with me regarding this purpose kindly indicate your interest by reply back to me so that I will give you the needful information and the details on how to proceed further, i will offer you 30% of the money for your help and assistance to handle this.

Your urgent response will be appreciated.

Best Regards
Evelyn Joshua

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