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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: Yeshline Jof <>
Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2022 03:50:59 +0000
Subject: Re: happy new year 2022

Hello dear,

My name is Madam Yeshline Jof from Philipine. I am a widow with a chronic
renal insufficiency case, a kidney disease.

However, I want to intimate you of an urgent project I want you to take up,
I will like you to receive a certain deposit I inherited from my late
husband for the use of helping people with renal insufficient cases.

My late husband deposited the sum of $ 5.7 million with a bank in Europe
before his death while in service as a general in the Army in my home
country, but before his death, he handed me over all the documents relating
to the deposit in the bank and asked me to leave our country.

Because of my ill health, I am mostly bedridden in the hospital on renal
dialysis, this is a system of artificially doing/performing the functions
of the kidneys. By this, the excess toxic waste products in my blood are
washed out.

I will like you to reply me immediately so that I can detail you concerning
this matter and the next step to take, I want you to take 20% of the money
as your own personal money while you use the rest to put up a safe hospital
to treat and help people with kidney cases.

Hope to hearing from you urgently.
Madam Yeshline Jof

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