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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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Fraud email example:

From: sankoh faith <>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2005 10:03:46 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From Ms. Faith Sankoh.

Dear Partner,
My name is Ms. Faith Sankoh, an accountant by profession and a young lady of 39 years old, the former wife of Michael Komo Sankoh, who was a Minister under the leadership of President AHMED TEJAN KABBAH of Sierra Leone.

My hobbies are playing basketballs, going out for picnics and watching movies. During the political crises in my country, my husband was arrested and killed. Before his death, he handed over to me the sum of US$ 8.5 million dollars, which is under my control now.

As the political atmosphere of Sierra Leone is very dangerous, I fled with the money to a neighboring country (GHANA) to deposit the money in one of the banks [standard chartered bank, that is why I am soliciting on you to help me retrieve this money out from the bank as the beneficiary of the money as I believe you will not let me down at last.

The money is of no criminal origin as it was largely realized from black market sales of alluvial gold dust. To ensure the safety of the money, I have lodged it in a finance and security company in Ghana West Africa.

I want to move this money out of Africa and invest it in a profitable good venture abroad. Infect, I am not feeling safe here in Ivory Coast because the political situation is not stable and I am now in Ghana, I don't want to loose this money that is why I am soliciting on your assistance. Pending on my arrival there for investment, please could you assist me to transfer this money to any suitable country abroad and invest it in a profitable venture in your country or any other suitable country where you have good connections?

I would like the money to be managed in a profitable manner preferably a joint venture business with you .The procedure for the transfer of the fund to your country is such that you will not run any risk. We will have proper banking trails to show that the money is an investment fund. For your assistance, you will get 25% of the total amount of US $ 8.5million;

I will give you further details of the plans As soon as I hear from you pertaining this proposal, The bank will send all the necessary documents that are required fro the transfer of the money into your bank account as the foreign partner to my late husband.

Looking forward to hear from you soon,
Best regards
Ms. Faith Sankoh.

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