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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: "MR. AKOFI KWAME." <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 16:57:30 +0000

Attn: President/C.E.O

My name is Mr. AKOFI KWAME.I hail from the Federal
Republic of Ghana, 41 years, married with three
children. I am the Diretor of Global Security &
Finance Services Limited, Ghana. I got the information
concerning you from the Internet and after due
consideration, I decided to contact you believing
that by the Grace of God, that you will not disappoint
me over this deal.

I have been working with this company for over
fifteen years. Within this period, I have watched with
meticulous precision how African Heads of State and
Government functionaries have been using Global
Security & Finance Ltd to move out money in diferent
denomnation such as: USD, Pounds Sterling, French
Francs (cash) to their foreign partners. They bring in
these consignments of cash and secretly declare the
contents as jewelries, gold, diamonds, precious
stones, family treasures, and documents etc.

Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire (dead), Gen. Sanni Abacha of
Nigeria (dead),Fode Sankoy of Sierra Leone, Babangida
of Nigeria, Felix Houphet Boigny of Cote d"Ivoire
(dead), Kanan Bedie of Cote d"Ivoire (Abidjan) etc.
All these people have many consignments deposited with
my office.

Their foreign partners, friends and relatives are
claiming most of these consignments. A lot of them are
lying here unclaimed for as much as eight years.
Nobody will ever come for them because in most cases,
the Certificate of Deposit are never available to
anybody except the depositors or me since most of them
are dead. I have through the instrumentality of Global
Security & Finance re-deposited all these unclaimed
and overstayed consignment into the Vault Facility of
a reputable Security Company in Europe. Since the
inception of the year 2000, our company's management
has changed the procedure of claims of consignment, as
soon as you are able to produce the secret information
as contained in the secret file of any consignment, it
will bereleased to you upon demand.

I have finalized every arrangement for you to claim
consignment No. 1401, 1402 containing $18.75 Million. I
will supply you with all the information and documents
that will facilitate your easy claim of the
consignment. Upon your positive reply of this letter,
I will furnish you with further details and
information regarding the modus operandi for the
execution of the transaction. This business is risk
free as I have taken necessary preventive measures.
(The mode of sharing will be 60-40), you can reach me
by email and I will direct you on what to do.

l will like you to furnish me with your full name and
your confidential phone and fax number(s) for easy

Please Expedite action.

Yours faithfully,


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