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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: "KOFI ANSAH" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 15:06:40 +0000
Subject: READ


I am Barr.Kofi Ansah The Personal Attorney to Late
Egnr.B.Roberts the president of DIAMOND SAFARIES
COMPANY LIMITED,ACCRA-GHANA.who is a National of your

In september 2003, my client,his wife and their only
son were involved in a major accident that took place
in accra,Ghana later killing my client and his
immediate family, Since then I have made several
enquiries to locate any of my client extended
relatives and this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided
to trace his relatives over the ELEMENTARY FAMILY
SEARCH on the Internet before coming in contact with
yours which i believe is not a mistake to find you. I
contacted you to assist in repartrating the money left
behind by my deceased client before they get
confiscated or declared unserviceable by the
huge deposits were lodged.

Conseqently the bank has issued me a notice to provide
the next of kin or have the deposits confiscated
within a short time. Since I have been unsuccesfull in
locating the relatives for over three years now, I
seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of
the deceased since you share the same common name so
that the proceeds of this deposits valued at $US152
million united states dollars can be claimed to you
for both of us to share the money. I have all
necessary legal documentation that can be used`to back
up the claim.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us
see this deal through.I guarantee that this will be
executed under a legitimate arrangement that will
protect you from any breach of the law.Please get in
touch with me through my email to enable us relate
further,stay fine and remain blessed.You can call me
on this number: 00233243644176.


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