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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: dick oti <wwdick30@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <otidick2@o2.pl>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 01:02:32 +0000
Subject: RE: INVESTMENT REQUEST,


FROM: OTI ATTA DICKSON & CO.
HOUSE #D.211/4 PLAM AVENUE,
ACCRA-GHANA.


RE: INVESTMENT REQUEST

I HAVE A CLIENT (A WIDOW) FROM WESTERN DARFUR IN SUDAN; SHE HAS EIGHT MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY (US$ 8 MILLION) IN A BANK HERE IN ACCRA - GHANA.SHE WISHES TO INVEST IN A STABLE ECONOMY.

HER INTEREST IS IN COMPANIES / INDIVIDUALS WITH POTENTIALS FOR RAPID GROWTH IN LONG TERMS. MY CLIENT IS INTERESTED IN PLACING HER FUND IN YOU / YOUR COMPANY, IF YOUR COUNTRY BI-LAWS ALLOWS FOREIGNERS TO INVEST.

SHE IS WILLING TO OFFER YOU 20% OF THE TOTAL FUND IF YOU CAN ASSIST HER TRANSFER THIS FUND TO YOUR COUNTRY OR ANY BANK OF YOUR CHOICE.

YOU CAN CONTACT ME WITH YOUR FULL NAME,TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS FOR MORE DETAILS

YOURS FAITHFULLY,

OTI ATTA DICKSON, L.L.B [HONS] B.A.

NB: THE FUND IS FREE FROM DRUG AND LAUNDERING RELATED OFFENCES AND THIS TRANSACTION NEED UTMOST CONFIDENTIALITY
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