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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: "Joan Walter" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Apr 2019 00:56:26 -0700
Subject: Urgent Reply Needed

How are you doing? I am Joan Walter; I discovered your email through internet search, so I decided to contact you, I want to let you know all about myself and also let you know the current situation of things where I am. I feel reluctant talking about this on here, but I am trusting again although I have been hurt and heart broken, but I am never scared of falling in Love or trusting again because I know there are still trusted people out there... I'm looking for friendship with a male or female that I can trust and share all about me with to lead me to the right way to start a new life.

I am single, very attractive Woman, 34yr old from Holiday Hills, Illinois. But presently out of the U.S. my dad worked with Oil Contractors in UK and Africa including some parts of Asia. I worked with my father as his personal Auditor, and we move around for his contracts wherever he is awarded.

My ex-boyfriend was a cheat and made away with a lot of money which my dad entrusted to him and now his no where to be found, this brought a lot of problems within the family till my dad passed on... Then, when I perceived all his behaviors of his newly gotten wife, I decided to leave the U.S to Cairo, Egypt. I came down to take up the money from the contract my late dad executed here and I intend getting the money over and start a new life. Now, I'm in need of your help, have gotten enough money to run myself when I get over there, I want to come over to your end and stay with you till I get my life back together, I don't want to live here anymore because I’m a foreigner here and it is absolutely dangerous for me, so that is why I need your gesture assistance.

How I want you to help me? I have some money, which I've gotten from an over invoiced Contract remuneration executed by my dad with some contractors, so I have taken up the money from the contractors
($6.7million) The money couldn’t be wired over so for me to be safer, I put this money in a box and got it locked up with a security code known to me only, and I deposited the box with some of my traveling luggage’s with a Security and Insurance Company who render private diplomatic delivery service

So, I want the box sent to you while I catch up with you as soon as it is been delivered to you. Every arrangement for the delivery is kind of perfect, I have obtained customs papers for private freight and there are seals on the box showing that it is a private delivery and check performed, it is free from customs checks, it will be delivered at your door step by the diplomats of the security company, you do not need to
burn out to receive it. And the boxes have security codes lock known to me only, so the Boxes cannot be opened on the Way of delivery to you.

Therefore, I want you to make the Clearance from the Security Company as the Recipient of my Boxes. And once the box gets to you, I will be there with you, then we can open the boxes together or I will tell you the code to open it so you can send me some cash from the boxes for my ticket and some hotel bill to balance up, so that you can arrange everything properly before my arrival, I am offering you 10% of the money Just to show appreciations. Please you are to reply me via my private email at ( JOAN_WALTER@AOL.COM ) if you are interested.

I will appreciate your trust towards this and hoping to hear from you and to meet you in person

Joan Walter

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