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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: "KEN NANA" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 17:14:17 +0000
Subject: things will never go wrong

Attn:Ms Clarimonde,
I got your mail and i understood every bites of it,let me tell you ,i am a
very decent and a family man here in ghana and i am very sure that you saw
the documents and my international passport in which i sent to you,those
documents are the ones that the security company gave to the owner of the
fund at the time of deposit,and what we have to do next is what i told you
that will cost 650 Euros,that is why i need you to send the money across to
me,so please dont be afriad,notthings is going to go wrong as far i am
concern,every things is going to be fine,so dont worry about that,and try to
raise the money and send it across to me as soon as possible,to enable me
start up with the documents from the high court of justice here in
accra-ghana,and about my phone number you told me that is not going,i am
still surprised,because that is the number i am using.,so i will like you to
try other place ,to check if you can call me from there,and i need your
current phone number too,because i have tried to call you too.,and it is not
going,i dont know why,i am still facing the same difficulties as you are for
the calling process too,so please when are you going to send the money
across and dont be afriad,things will never go wrong,when you send the money
across,after i get the documents done,i will send them to you for you to see
them too.i hope to hear from you too.


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