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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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Fraud email example:

From: dianomd korwhyee <>
Date: Wed, 19 Dec 2007 08:55:54 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Hello

How are you. First I most solicit strictest confidence to you and I pray that my desire to contact you will be given me genuine approval considering the fact we have not know each other before which to use this opportunity to introduces myself to you.

I am Durant kojo from Liberia Monrovia I am writing to inform you my desire to invest and buy a living house in your country, I am the child of late Chiefs peter kojo my Father diamond merchant in my country before he died.

My father died of cancer due to smoking, Before my father died he reveal to me and my mother about the Consignment containing $12.5.millionusd which he deposited with a security company here in Accra Ghana for safe keeping and investment purpose.

Presently my mother and me came all the way to Ghana since my father died to notify the security company for the claims, and we are stays in the camp here.

I and my Mother went to the the security company for the claims of the consignment and the security company told us that before the consignment can be release to
us from the company we need a foreign partner overseas to receive the consignment because that was the Contract Bond Signed between my late father and the
security company, which I want you to lecture us on how best we can invest this consignment in your country, bescuase my father told us that it's is dangerous to invest this money in Africa, due to market instability facing African countries that is why we
want to invest in abroad.

For your assistance, myself and my mother have agreed to offer our foreign partner 20% of the total amount of the money for your assistance and 5% for all expenses, we have all the vital Document covering the consignment which is (1, Certificate Of Ownership
,(2)Certificate Of Deposit (3) Contract Bond )and they are here with my late father Barrister here in Ghana.

Please note that I want you to keep it confidential alone. Which I will want you give me your phone numbers so that I can give you more information about
the transaction. Hope to here from you shortly
God bless you'' as you Do.
Best regard

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