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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: "MS. MARY KWABENA" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 17:19:58 -0700

Dear One,
I am Miss, mary kwabena, from Ghana living in, Accra, West Africa.
How are you and your work today hope all is fine..
Please, I have an issue that will help us to go into a long time relationship
and financial transaction for our mutual benefits.

I m' 21 years of age, I m' only daughter of the late Mr and Mrs Richard Edem
kwabena. The directors of EDEM AND SONS
LTD My father was into Gold and Cocoa Merchant in Ghana( Former Gold Coast)
Before the death of my father on 10th Aug 2004
in a private hospital here in Ghana he called me as his beloved daughter and
told me that he has the sum of USD $18.5million with a security and finance
company here, which he personally hand over the certificate of the deposited
fund to me as my inheritance.

The company was closed down because there was nobody to manage the company and
now my late father`s relatives are trying to eliminate me so that they will use
the opportunity to take over my inheritance which originally belongs to me as
culture demand as the only daughter of the dead person.. He used my name as his
beloved daughter as the next of kin in depositing the fund.

He told me that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice
where I will transfer this money and use it for an investment purpose.

I humbly seek for your assistance, to help me to transfer this money to your
country for investment by standing as my foreign partner, and to serve as a
guardian of this fund.. Since I am still a student, to make arrangement for me
to come over to your country to further my education.

should you be willing to help you can as well contact my late father's attorney
Barr.Nana Paha on this number'+233-2438-13539.
or you send me you response.

Thanks as you make up your heart to help an orphan like me.
Best Regards,
miss mary kwabena.

NB. the security company does not know the content of the deposited trunk box
because my late dad deposited it as a
family precious items for security reasons.

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