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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: "National Notification" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 18:49:26 +0000
Subject: Your co-operation is very much needed

Dear Sir,
Legitimately and with full confidence, I contact you in respect of a dormant
account with an interesting amount as it’s deposit. The said Account is
domiciled in Africa and in the Social Security Bank of Ghana
(SSB), which also is an affiliate of the Societe Generale Bank of France.
The Aforementioned Account with number: 2755742247 belong to Phu Lam An a
parliamentarian of the Cambodia and a friend and business associate to late
Dr. Kwame Nkruma of Ghana. The Cambodian is presently in the Ghanaian
Secrete list of wanted persons for his collaboration with Dr. Kwame Nkruma
to aiding and defrauding the Ghana Cocoa-Export Commission during that
era. Meanwhile, with all useful information available on ground, it is
confirmed that the Ghanaian Government is not aware of this money in the
said Account. Haven confirmed as well that the SSB is not aware of the
involvement of their Customer in the said fraud since he is being wanted
secretly by the Ghanaian Government. Dr. Kwame Nkruma's Daughter in-law who
hinted me of the opportunity, sees this affair as God gifted and a golden
opportunity of a life time for mankind.
I am sure that you are now beginning to wonder concerning my person; of
course I am Barrister Kojo Adjei a Ghanaian London based Lawyer with
legal practicing and reputability. With my status in the legal firm, I
should be able to handle this affair with maturity and risk freely to all of
us participating partners (beneficiaries). And perhaps, may be this is the
reason for Dr. Kwame's daughter in-law to confidently accepting me as the
rightful manager to this matter. However, I promise a hitch free management
of this affair and shall handle it legitimately as I am going to support the
issue with all legal backings and all connections at my disposal.
But I shall require trust worthiness, gentlemanism, all necessary backings
and co-operation in this regard. And even without haven being told, you must
realize the utmost secrecy measures that should be required of an issue of
this kind.

Your question at this point should be: what is going to be my role in this
affair, yes, you have a role of representing us as a next of kin to Phu Lam
An (the
Cambodian), you will also provide us with a foreign Account for which the
money in the said Account would be transferred into. And then I will do the
rest. But please note very importantly, all expenses that would be incurred
in, and to making this affair a successful one, shall be footed by the three
of us participating (beneficiary), and the amount spent in all shall be
deducted from the real amount and refunded respectively before the proceeds
Reply me through my most exclusive e-mail address:
My contacts: Name KojoAdjei
Residence: Tow Street. Covenant Garden, London Wc2e 8ha
Phone: +44 704 011 8724

Office: Old Compton Street, Leicester square, London
Phone: +44 703 192 6983
Fax: +44 870 478 1976

Treat this as a matter for urgent attention,
Barr. Kojo Adjei

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