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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: "Lawrence Nortey" <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 18:52:14 +0000
Subject: Good Day,

Good Day,


I am interested in your partnership in a business dealing.
This business proposal I wish to intimate you with is of
Mutual benefit and its success is entirely based on mutual
Trust, cooperation and a high level of confidentiality as
regard this transaction.
A foreigner and a friend, Mr. Mark Lance (a Gold merchant in Ghana),
his wife and their only son were involved in a car accident along
Accra/Kumasi expressway on the 7th of May 2004, which claimed all
their lives.
Mr. Mark before his untimely death banked with us at a Bank here in
Ghana,at the branch where i am the manager and has a closing balance
as at the end of Sept.2004 worth US$10.25M (Ten million two hundred
and fifty thousand United States dollars),the bank now expects a next
of kin as a beneficiary.
The request for a foreigner as the next of kin in this business is
occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Ghanaian
cannot stand as the next of the next of kin.

Valuable efforts are being made by the Bank to get in touch with any
of the Lance's family or relatives but to no success.
It is because of the perceived possibility of not being able to locate
any of the late Mr. Mark Lance Next of kin. The management and members
of the board of directors will declare the funds Unclaimed or
unserviceable if not claimed, in order to avert this negative
development, I now seek your permission to have you stand as next of
kin to the deceased so that the proceeds of the account valued at
US$10.25 million will be released and paid to you as the beneficiary's
next of kin.

All arrangement for a successful transaction has been worked out only
if you follow the arrangements laid down. I have secured from the
probate an order of mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiary’s
and more so I am assuring you that this business is 100% risk free.
Your share will be 35% of the total funds while the rest be for myself
for investment purpose, according to agreement within both parties.

At this juncture, I wish to tell you what prompted me to package this
deal.I have a 9yrs old daughter who has leukemia, a disease of the blood
and she needs a bone marrow transplant or she will die.
I want this transplanting to be done in any good children's Hospital in
your Country if there is one. Once this transaction is concluded,
I shall resign from my job and bring my family to start a new life in
your country.

As soon as I receive an acknowledgement of receipt of this message in
acceptance of our mutual business proposal, I will furnish you with the
necessary modalities. If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not
make undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed on you.

Yours faithfully,

Mr. Lawrence Nortey.

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