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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: Prince matthew Anil-Karim <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 05:04:35 +0100
Subject: Compliments,


I hope this message reaches you in good health. ……… (AMEN)

Truthfully I am sorry to have browsed your email address from the Internet to send you this mail without your consent or approval. Do understand.

To start with, permit me to introduce myself. My name is Prince Matthew Anil-Karim 21yrs of age, the son of late chief Dr. Anil-Karim Bahadur of Sudan(Dafur)

Seven months after mother died of diabetes/ high blood pressure (HB/P) father was killed by some unknown militants during the war in our country (Sudan Dafur). When father and mother were alive, father disclosed a secret to mother which mother also gave me the information about father depositing a family treasure box (Consignment) with content ($ 22 Million USD) in a security company in Ghana with the service of his Ghanaian barrister (Udugba Benson).

Having a meeting with me at the United Nations Refugee Camp UNHCR (Buduburam) Ghana. Bar. Udugba Benson told me that my late father’s laid down instruction before the release of the consignment was for me to seek for a foreign partner who will stand to help me collect the consignment box from the company and head a lucrative production or investment in his/her country due to the effects behind Africa racism, political and polygamous family problem.

Therefore, I would want to know if you can be capable, reliable and God fearing enough to assist me collect this consignment box from the security company and have them deliver it to you while you invite me to meet you in your country for the sharing and investment of a lucrative production in your country.

Furthermore, I will promise you with all sincerity and a heart full of thankfulness to God that I shall give you 20% percent as your benefit of assisting this young orphan attain his ambition.

You will have to contact this Barrister his name is Udugba Benson his email telephone number +233-243-388-719 he is the only reliable barrister that can help us get the power of attorney done to your name from the Ghana high court of justice.

You will tell the barrister that you are the foreign beneficiary to Prince Matthew Anil-Karim the refugee boy that we need his assistance to get a power of attorney done to your name as my beneficiary who want to help me receive the consignments in your country.

This is the Eagle Security Company email address:, the Eagle Security Company website the director of operation is Mr. Bartel's Kweku his telephone number +233-244-893-444.

Tell the Eagle Security Company that you are my foreign beneficiary who want to help me receive my consignments in your country that they should book the consignments for delivering to you in your door step address.

Mistrust is like an axe on the tree of partnership but since only God could ordain trust, I will be very grateful to Him to build up such a relationship with.

Expecting your reply and thanks in advance.

God bless you.

Yours truly,
Prince Matthew Anil-Karim.
+2332 4947 4034

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