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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: Taylor Smith Johnson <>
Date: Sun, 23 Jan 2022 00:22:43 +0000
Subject: Taylor Smith Johnson


It’s my pleasure to write to you today, I am Taylor Smith Johnson,
Account Officer to the late Jorge , a Gold Merchant, who was my client
before he died, as a result of lung cancer. I am soliciting for your
urgent support to assist me claim some funds as the next of kin.
Meanwhile, the 4.5 Million GBP, has been deposited since December
2012.And I hope that you will not expose or betray this trust and
confident that am about to repose in you for the benefit of our both

I will furnish you with full details as soon as I hear from you with
your name and the country you come from. For more details,contact me

With best regards.


Taylor Smith Johnson

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