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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. paul acquah" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 Aug 2007 16:28:08 +0000

Dear Sir/Madam,
We have on this 2nd day of August, 2007 received a payment credit instruction from the Government of Ghana to credit your
account with your full contract funds from the Millennium Challenge Account with our bank. This is to notify you that your
funds has been programmed for immediate release into your nominated account but we can not transfer this funds direct to your
nominated bank account, because we are having a little problem with International Monetary Fund (IMF) so our method of
payment is by Diplomatic Courier Service.
Be informed that every arrangement regarding your cash payment through Diplomatic Services has been made, your funds packaged
like a consignment and the Diplomatic Agency have to move down to your Country in order to deliver the Consignment to your
doorstep. Note also that as soon as the Diplomat arrives in your Country they will give you a call immediately and you will
help them to get Customs Yellow Tag for the consignment. You have to help the Diplomat to get the Custom Yellow Tag Paper so
that the Customs will allow them entry at the airport for onward delivery of the Consignment to you and for security reason
you are advice to follow the rules and regulations of the diplomat for easy collection of the consignment.
Finally, please be aware that the diplomat will leave Accra, Ghana via London and finally to arrive in your Country which is
his last destination on the diplomatic travel route. I want you to send your direct mobile phone and your home address to me
immediately, so that as soon as the diplomatic arrives in your country he will call you immediately to notify you.
Cordially yours,
Dr. Paul AcquahGovernor, Bank of GhanaAccra, Ghana.

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