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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: "Mr.Awudu Ahmad" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 15:52:01 +0000
Subject: My Dear


I am Mr. Awudu Ahmad, Budget and Account manager of Ghana National Bank.I
have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. In June,
2000, a German property consultant and importer of used cars,Mr Andreas
Schranner made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months,
valued at US$6.1m(Six Million One Hundred Thousand United States Dollars )in
my branch.

It was to our utter suprise that we heard of his death,wife and children in
an AF4590 plane crash in July 2000. See website below: On further
investigation,I found out that he died without making a WILL, and hitherto,
all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. Mr Andreas Schranner
was residing at House 3 Madina, Accra Ghana.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr Andreas
Schranner did not declare any kin or relations in all his official
documents,including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of
US$6.1m is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over
with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come
forward to claim it.

According to Laws of Ghana,at the expiration of 5 (five)years,the money will
be declared frozen and forfeited to the Ghana Government if nobody applies
to claim the fund. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a
foreigner to stand in as the next of kin or business partner to Mr Andreas
Schranner so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the
hands of some corrupt government officials. This is simple,

I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address,phone and
fax numbers so that i can prepare the necessary documents that will put you
in place as the next of kin or business partner.Your role in the transaction
is to send an application for claim of the funds to our bank. Then,as top
officials of the bank, I shall work behind-the-scene to make sure that your
application is approved by the management of the bank, and the funds
transfered to your nominated bank account.

Please note that there is no risks invovle at all, as all the paperwork for
this transaction will be done legitimately and with my positions as top
officials of the bank i would ensure a successful execution of this
transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately.

Please send me your confidential telephone and fax numbers for easy
communication. You should observe utmost CONFIDENTIALITY AND SECRECY in this
transaction, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable
for both of us because I will require your assistance to invest my share in
your country. I look forward to your prompt response.Pleas get back to
through my private mail box

Thanks and regards.

Mr. Awudu Ahmad w.

From the desk of Mr.Awudu A

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