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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: Ahmed Ismali <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 16:08:36 +0000
Subject: Urgent attention

Dear one,

l am Ahmed Ismali from Sudan. I arrived in Accra, Ghana with Ecowas Chartered flight recently.

My parents were killed by the rebels forces. Before my father’s death, he
was a gold marketer in Africa and has a cash deposit of USD$4.800,000.00
in a Bank in Ghana, He handed over the deposit certificate to me before
he died as a result of the gun shots aimed at his stomach and chest
decided to leave Sudan for my own safety and in search of help to
transfer the money overseas for investment which was the original plan
of my late father as at the time of the deposit.

need your assistance to transfer this money out of Ghana. I intend to
part to you 30% of the total amount while 70% i will appriciate your
timely response.To

Your sincerely,

Ahmed Ismali.
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