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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: Henshaw Kobina <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2007 12:48:22 -0600
Subject: Supply Order.

Attention: The President,Sir,
I am Dr. Henshaw Kobina, the Director/Ceo of HENSHAW INVESTMENT LIMITED which is located at Plot No. Plot 15 Nkrumah Avenue, Kumasi, Ghana, I want to use this opportunity to let you know that we are accredited commission agent to the Government of Ghana on contract allocation to foreign Companies around the Globe.
The Government of Ghana received a Loan of USD120 Million from INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION (IDA) for rural developments and some part of the Money has been budgetted for the supply of the following products to the related Ministries here in GhanaThe products needed urgently are as stated below:
1. Hospital bed sheets and Pilow cases (Ministry of Health)2. Lawn Mowers (Ministry of Agriculture)3. Pharmaceutical products (Health Ministry)4.Aniaml Feeds/ingredients (Ministry of Agriculture)5. T-shirts/Umbrellas (Ministry of Interior)6. Stationeries (Ministry of Education)7. Building Materials, Tiles, Marbles and Cement ( Ministry of Housing)8 Rugs/Carpets/Musical Instrument (Ministry of Interior)9. Computer, Laptop and Desk Tops ( Ministry of Education)10. Medical products (Ministry of Health)11. Fertilizers (Ministry of Agriculture)12. Syringes, needles, surgical instruments (Ministry of Health)
This tender is open to all reputable companies from different parts of the world and I am going to act as your local agent on commission basis.
Please, if this interests you, kindly reply back to me so that I can give you every details of this project and how we are going to participate in this Bid.
Henshaw Kobina/CeoHenshaw Investment LimitedPlot 15 Nkrumah Avenue,Kumasi, Ghana.
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