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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: "acuri06 Gazeta.pl" <acuri_kwame@mail2world.com>
Date: Sun, 6 Jul 2008 22:24:58 -0700
Subject: KINDLY GET BACK?


*Barclay's Bank of Ghana Ltd.
PO Box 2949
High Street
Accra
Ghana*

*Special information!*

*A customer of ours who may relate to you (perhaps) died three years ago in
Greek air crash near Athens after an apparent drop in cabin, leaving behind
an estate/capital of (US$42.9M) with interest) in a bank here where I work,
till
date nobody has come forward or put application for the claim.*

*Please log on to this websites for more information about the air crash.*

*http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4150312.stm*<http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4150312.stm>
*our investigation of the said account reveals that the death occurred three
years ago the exact time the account was last operated. I can confirm with
certainty that the said investor died interstate and NO next of kin to his
estate has been found or has come forward all these years. We are convinced
that using our insider leverage, we working with you can secure the funds in
the account for us instead of allowing it pass as unclaimed funds into the
coffers of the Government of Ghana. This is especially possible as you bear
the same LAST NAME to the said investor/decease.*

*We urge you to come forward since we can provide you with the details
needed for you to claim the estate/capital so that we can be gratify by you,
in this way $12,870,000.00 for you and $25,740,000.00 for me and my
colleagues and the remaining $4.290,000.00 for miscellaneous expenses
incurred during the cost of this project though my colleagues and I will do
all the crucial part in the bank to have the claim release to you promptly.
To affirm your willingness and cooperation please do so by replying me at my
private email(**acuri_kwame@mail2world.com* <acuri_kwame@mail2world.com>*)
stating your FULL NAME, DATE OF BIRTH, TELEPHONE NUMBER, and FAX NUMBER,
PRIVATE EMAIL ADDRESS AND POSTAL ADDRESS.*

*I do expect you prompt response.
Thank you,*

*Mr Acuri kwame*

**

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