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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 15:43:02 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: Your Urgent Assistance.

Dear Sincerely MD/Director,

This proposal may come to you as a big surprise due to we have not met before, However let me start by introducing myself to you as John Nana Mensah, 23 years of age from Cape Coast Ghana; I am contacting you for a business relationship that will be of great benefit to you and my family.

To lighten you on this, my younger Sister and I will like to invest in your Country/Firm under Partnership a huge amount of $26M dollars which is an inheritance from our late Parents.

In view of this, I want you to advise me further on a proper business venture that will be lucrative in your country as I will be guided by you because of my inexperience in business.

Kindly contact me on: +233 24 206 8054 I shall detail you more on the procedure if you have accepted to offer your assistance in this regard.

I look forward to hear from you.

Best Regards,
Master J.N Mensah.

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