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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: Tony Egini <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 15:58:26 +1200
Subject: We Do Need Your Assistance Please.

Dearest One,We do pray and hope that with the grace of God you can
understand everything about our letter to you. My name is Tony Egini
the only son of the late Chief Dan J. Egini, i am contacting you to
assist me and mother Mrs. Gloria Egini to transfer the sum of Fifteen
Million US Dollars US$15, 000.000.00, we inherited from my late father
who was a very rich and traditional African who made a lot money from
the sale of crude oil and diamonds business from his company in our
country Zimbabwe. After the death of my late father i and my mother
have been maltreated and humiliated by the family members of my late
father who claims that by tradition i cannot inherit my late fathers
wealth, because of this, they tried to kill me and my mother so we ran
to a neighboring village and there my late father lawyer came and gave
us an envelope and in it was some vital legal documents of my late
father that before death of my late father he deposited this money in a
bank here in Ghana and he gave us all the legal documents which the
bank gave to him at the time he deposited the money in the bank so i
and my mother came to Ghana immediately. Unfortunately to this family
members of my late father, they are not aware that before the death of
my late father he deposited Fifteen Million US Dollars US$15,
000.000.00 in a bank here in Ghana so we want to transfer the money to
you so that we will leave Ghana and meet you in your country and you
will help us invest the money for us since we do not have any business
ideal and buy us a house in your country after deducting your
commission while i continue my education. Please i do want you to know
that my mother said that if you can help us she will compensate you
with 25% of the total money when the money is been successfully
transfer to you. Please we are willing to get your urgent reply so that
we can send you all the legal documents that was given to my late
father at the time he deposited the money in the bank and his death
certificate so that you can understand more better all what we have
said in our letter to you please. Thanks and God Bless you as we wait
for your urgent reply for more details.
Best regards,

Tony Egini and Mother.
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