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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: kelly Johnson <>
Date: 21 Jul 2021 20:42:36 -0700
Subject: Please Help Me!

Dear gaild

I don't want you to feel sorry for me, because I Believe Everyone
will die someday. My name is Mrs. Kelly Johnson I have been
diagnosed with esophageal cancer. I want god to be merciful to me
and accept my soul so I have decided to give alms to charity
organizations, as I want this to be one of the last good deeds I
do on earth. So far, I have distributed money to some charity
organizations in Oman, Libya, and Malaysia, Ukraine. Now that my
health has deteriorated so badly, I cannot do this myself

I once asked members of my family to close one of my accounts and
distribute the money which I have there to charity organization
in Bulgaria and Pakistan, they refused and kept the money to
themselves. Hence, I do not trust them anymore, as they seem not
to be contended with what I have left for them. The last of my
money which no one knows of is the huge cash deposit of united
state dollars $6,000,000 that I have with a finance/Security
Company. I will want you to dispatch it to charity organizations,
especially the refugees from Syria, Myanmar,Venezuela and other
war countries if only you will be sincere.

You can also reach me on

Peace be with you.

Mrs Kelly Johnson.

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