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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: Dr Henry Moore <drhenrymoore017@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <drhenrrymooree@dada.net>
Date: Wed, 2 May 2007 06:25:06 +0100
Subject: READ VERY CAREFULL




HELLO DEAR ,
I AM DR. HENRY MOORE, DEPUTY DIVISIONAL HEAD WITH THE BANK OF GHANA. I WAS PERSONAL ACCOUNT MANAGER TO ONE LATE ENGINEER BERNARD OF YOUR COUNTRY,WHO TILL HIS DEATH WAS A CONTRACTOR WITH ASHANTI GOLDFIELDS CO. LTD ACCRA GHANA. ON THE 28TH OF NOVEMBER 2005, ENGR. BERNARD, HIS WIFE AND THEIR TWO CHILDREN WERE INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT ALONG TEMA ACCRA EXPRESS WAY AND ALL OCCUPANTS OF THE VEHICLE UNFORTUNATELY LOST THEIR LIVES. AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH, BERNARD HAD A DEPOSIT OF $17.6 MILLION, WHICH WAS PROCEED OF A CONTRACT WORK HE JUST CONCLUDED WITH THE ASHANTI GOLDFIELDS LTD. THE PAYMENT WAS MADE WITH BANK OF GHANA CHECK, WHICH I PERSONALLY CLEARED UNFORTUNATELY, TILL THIS MOMENT NO ONE HAS COME AS HIS RELATION FOR HIS DEPOSIT WITH US. I HUMBLY REQUEST YOUR ATTENTION TO THIS MATTER SO THAT I CAN PRESENT YOU AS HIS NEXT OF KIN OR BENEFICIARY TO HIS DEPOSIT.
IT IS NOT A VERY DIFFICULT THING TO DO ESPECIALLY AS YOU SHARE THE SAME LAST NAME WITH HIM AND IT WILL NOT TAKE TIME TOO. ALL I NEED IS TO CHANGE THE NAME AND PARTICULARS OF HIS NEXT OF KIN TO YOURS IN OUR DATABASE AND I FILE IN AN APPLICATION FOR THE RELEASE OF THE FUND THROUGH THE PROBATE OFFICE IN YOUR NAME. IT DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN THAT YOU MUST BE HERE TO CONCLUDE THE DEAL; I MAY REQUEST THAT THE MONEY BE SENT TO EUROPE OR EVEN THE UNITED STATES FOR PAYMENT BUT IF YOU CAN BE ABLE TO COME DOWN HERE IN ACCRA GHANA THAT WILL BE THE BEST AS I WILL USE MY POWER TO MAKE EVERY THING VERY EASY FOR YOU OR YOU WILL REQUEST FOR THEM TO TRANSFER IT TO YOUR BANK ACCOUNT IN YOUR COUNTRY. PLEASE CONTACT ME AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE ON EMAIL: I WILL LIKE TO LET YOU KNOW ABOUT THE SHARING RATIO,IT WILL BE 40%FOR YOU 55%FOR ME AND 5% WILL BE SHEARED BETWEEN US ACCORDING TO THE EXPENSES MADE INDIVIDUALLY DURING THIS TRANSACTION. KINDLY GET BACK TO ME WITH THIS INFORMATIONS AS LISTED BELOW SO THAT MY LAWYER CAN MOVE IMMEDIATELY TO PREPEAR ALL THE NECESSARY COVERAGE DOCUMENTS IN YOUR NAME AS THE NEXT OF KIN.

YOU CAN AS WELL GET BACK TO ME THROUGH THIS EMAIL ADDRESS (drhenrymoooree@dada.net)

1,FULL NAME:.................. 2,CONTACT ADDRESS:............... 3,TELEPHONE AND FAX:............. 4,OCCUPATION.:.............. 5,NATIONALITY:.............. KIND REGARDS, DR. HENRY MOORE,
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