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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: "Johnson Maurice" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Apr 2021 10:50:10 -0700
Subject: Pardon me for invading your privacy


I am very sorry to invade your privacy.My name is Johnson Maurice.If you do not mind sir,I want to make a proposal to you.
It will be of immense mutual benefit to us.

However,I cannot detail you much about it at this instance because we have not known and I do not know as well how you may feel or view it
due to the nature of it. Thank you for your understanding of me in this regard.

But,if it may interest you to know much about it,please you can mail me back.I am sorry for the inconvenience this my email may cause you.

Email me back on

Thank you again as I await your esteemed reply.

Yours sincerely,
Johnson Maurice.

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