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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:

Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 03:50:45 -0500

Hello Please,

Thanks as am waiting for your urgent reply. or you indicate your phone
number to me to reach you.

first i am Mr WILLIAM MENSAH, a Ghanaian origin, a coordinator contract
award and re-view committee (i am the head of the committee). our main
responsibilities/work is to award, re-view all government contract projects
to coporate individuals or organizations.
The only source we can benefit from this contract project is over invoicing
the prices, apart from our monthly salary.this is to tell you clear the
source of this fund (over quatation from contract projects).since two years
ago, i was able to save and come with this amount, two million five hundred
thousand dollars, which was deposited in one of the bank, in account called
escrow account.
Now that main reason why i contacted you is, to received this fund on my
behalf, because;

(A.) We are not allow to operate on foreign account transfer transactions,
while in service.
(B.)We cannot establish foreign project while on duty post, unless after our
resignation or retirement from government service or after re-tirements.
So what i want you to do is, i will release the contact of the bank,

including the account in formations, for you to contact the bank directly
for the release and transfer of the money into your own bank account.
After your reply, i write an application letter, and send it to you, to
forward it to the bank address which i will give you, very simple, there is
risk or problem in this, i assured you, so many people who was working here
as the head of this organization has done this and some resigned, some
Note for your effort in this, you will have eight hundred thousand dollars
as your benefit as soon as you confirmed that the money is in your account,
if bank approved the application, it will take less than eight working days
to concluded this.
Note, that you will not let any bank officials here know that i am the one
given you these information, as soon as you received this money, i will get

you can also reach me with this my private email address

Thank you for understanding


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