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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Infoghana Ministr" <infoghana@latinmail.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 18:16:53 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: HELLO DEAR,


HELLO DEAR,
MY NAME IS PRINCE LARRY ODUA, A LIBERIAN PRESENTLY RESIDING IN GHANA REFUGEE CAMP. AFTER THE DEATH OF MY FATHER I DECIDED TO JOIN THE GHANAIAN FLIGHT DURING THEIR EVACUATION EXERCISE SO I DECIDED TO LOOK FOR A RELIABLE AND TRUSTWORTHY FOREIGN PARTNER FOR ASSISTANCE.
MEANWHILE, I WANT YOU TO KEEP THIS TRANSACTION SECRET FOR TRUST SAKE. LAST MONTH MY FAMILY LAWYER IN ACCRA GHANA CAME TO ME IN THE CAMP WITH AFFIDAVITS AND DOCUMENTS SHOWING THAT MY FATHER HAS DEPOSITED TWO CONSIGNMENT OF PRECIOUS ITEMS WHICH CONTAIN THE SUM OF NINE MILLION THREE HUNDRED UNITED STATE DOLLARS ONLY NOW FOR GOD SAKE I WILL WANT YOU TO ASSIST ME SO THAT I CAN TRANSFER THIS FUND TO YOUR COUNTRY FOR INVEST AND LIVE A NEW LIFE IN YOUR COUNTRY BECAUSE WE AFRICAN ARE SITTING ON A TIMED BOMB WHICH IS NOT CONDUCIVE FOR INVESTMENT NOW.

I AM EXPECTING YOUR IMMEDIATE AND PLEASANT REPLY
THANKS AND GOD BLESS
REGARDS
LARRY ODUA


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