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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: "Mrs. Hanna Doumi" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Apr 2023 06:12:33 +0000
Subject: My Dearest

My Dearest,

I am hoping and trusting in the Lord that you and your family are doing great.

I was touched to send this letter to you after I have carefully gone
through your profile that speaks well of you. By the special grace of
God, I am Mrs. Hanna Doumi want to go into Orphanage and motherless
homes to help the orphanages, widows and less privileged around the
globe but my present health illness do not permit me to handle this
divine project alone, I therefore decided to seek for your noble
assistance especially in your country to put smiles on the faces of
motherless children and widows across the nation.

I am willing to send across ((USD $1.500.000)) One Million Five
Hundred Thousand Dollars as volunteer projects to put smile on their
face, your prompt response and support would be most gratefully
appreciated to enable me proceed with the transfer to you.

Presently I, am Hospitalise and have handed over the Bank Draft/
Cheque to the man of God Bishop.Michael Johnson ask him to send you
the draft of $1.500.000 dollars immediately So feel free and get in
touched with my solicitor/ Bishop and instruct him where to send the
Bank draft to you.

Below is his information’s to enable you contact him immediately you
receive this massage:

Address: Avenue 17 Rue 23, Treichville,
Abidjan Cote D’Ivoire
Bishop Michael Johnson
Phone: +225-(0)554189599

Mrs.Hanna Doumi.

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