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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Richard Asare" <>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 10:29:59 +0000
Subject: HELP..........

Dear ,

I contact you in such a surprising manner, but I respectfully insist
that you read this mail carefully as I am optimistic that it wills open
doors for unimaginable financial reward for both of us. Because i got your
contact when am searching for a reliable person to assist me and my mother
help us to stand as our beneficiary to receive our fund,deposited in a
security company in Ghana by my late father.

I am a citizen of sierra leone the first son of the late personal
assistance to the former Minister of land, Mines and Energy Dr. Michael
Asare who was killed by rebels during the war in sierra leone. Before
my Father's death he made my mother to understand that he deposited some
huge amount of money which he Made from sale of diamond and gold and give my
mother all relevant document of the consignment Which deposited
(marked) as family belonging, after his death.

I and my mother were able to move out from sierra leone through the
UNITED NATION CARGO SHIP, that Coven refugee from FREE TOWN to Accra Ghana,
a refugee. My Biological Father left behind physical cash of " Ten
Million United State Dollars" which he safely lodged in a Security Company
Accra Ghana, during his regime in the office.

I am hereby soliciting your assistance to be my foreign partner and
adviser because:

1) I do not know much about investment and we need you to assist me for
investment of this fund in your country because am just 21yrs old While
my mother she is 42yrs old.

2) You will be entitled to "20 Percent" of the total sum, for your

3) Your compensation for the assistance is negotiable while "FIVE
Percent"of the whole sum will be mapped out for any expenses.

4) After the success of this transaction you are going to make
for me and my mother to meet you over in your country for investment of
the fund.

5) I request that you take two working days to visit me face to face in
Ghana for fast Transaction,please.

I know We have never met, but I want to trust you and please do not let
me down when this fund finally gets into your account. Please if you
are interested, get back to me through my email address to enable me feed
you with more details and all necessary documentations.

Looking forward to hear from you please on your reply do send me direct
telephone number and fax for easy communication and more details

VERY IMPORTANT: please reply me on this e-mail address below.


Thanks and GOD bless.

Richard Asare

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