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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: "ARAND ADAMS" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 03:16:54 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY

Dear Friend,

My name is Arand Adams; I am from Ghana. It is with trust and confidence
that I make this urgent business proposal to you.Some couple, of years ago,
I was the President of Ghana Petroleum Cooperation. In 1999, a Briton called
Mr. Burton who has been my good friend since 1995 came to Accra Ghana from
London to buy Crude oil as he has been doing in the past. Whenever he comes,
he always come with Millions of Dollars to purchase Crude Oil through
Bunkering (illegal purchase without Authorized license) as Federal
Government of Ghana does not encourage illegal exportation of Crude Oil/
Petroleum products, Mr. Burton was arrested when three of his company
vessels were caught by the Ghana Navy in the high sea illegally loaded with
bulk of Crude Oil for eventual exportation abroad. To this end, all the
three vessels were confiscated by the Federal Government of Ghana.

In Accra Ghana, illegal Oil Bunkering (illegal lifting of Crude Oil) is an
economic sabotage and it attracts life imprisonment as a penalty for a
defaulter. For the fear of being jailed here, Mr. Burton ran away from Accra
Ghana the very day I secured his release from the detention without even
dropping a word for me. Due to my inability to produce Mr. Burton as I
signed in the bail warrant, the Federal Government got me arrested and kept
me under house arrest since the year 2003, pending when I will produce Mr.
Burton based on what I signed in his Bail bond.

Since 1999, when Mr. Burton disappeared from Accra, he has made no phone
call to me neither, did he write me nor my lawyer who made his bail
possible. I have made several efforts to reach him, but the only information
I got from somebody who claim to be the new occupant of his house in London
was that Mr. Burton, his wife and his only son died in motor accident since
1999 and the man warned me not to call the number again. In the last visit
of Mr. Burton, he came with the sum of $22.2 Million Dollars (twenty-two
Million Two Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Cash), which as usual I
helped him to deposit in a security and finance company here, which I
introduced to him in 1995. Since Mr. Burton ran away from Accra, I have been
spending the sum of $500 Dollars every month paying demurrage to the
security and finance company where the cash is presently deposited as a Gold
dust in disguise, since the security and finance company does not know that
the real contents of the box is money.

Since Mr. Burton is dead and has no next kin, I have made up my mind to
invest this money abroad preferably in your country or any other country of
your choice. It will be highly appreciated if you can assist me to achieve
my aims because due to restriction placed on my movement by the government,
I cannot operate a foreign account and cannot travel out of my country for
evacuation and investment of the money. I need you as a partner whom I can
entrust and channel this money on your platform in your country, I will
arrange a meeting between you and my family concerning the safety of the
transaction and to stabilize mutual understanding in both parties.

Please be rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free and must be
treated with utmost confidentiality, I have mapped out 35% of the total
amount for your kind assistance while the balance of 65% shall be invested
in a joint business venture with your when I regain my freedom from
Government. Hopping to hear from you urgently, through below email address: or

Best Regards,


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