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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: "" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2008 09:58:42 -0700
Subject: HELLO

From:Mr.Joseph Kofi Ada:Chairman parliament Committee on Energy Matters
The Parliament House,Accra ,Ghana.
Please Reply to My Alternate mail<>

Dear ,
How are you today? Please my name is Joseph Kofi Ada, the Minister for
Energy Matters in the parliament house Ghana.I am writing you to earnestly
Solicit for your assistance in helping to receive some sum of money into
your account for safe keeping.I got your e-mail address through an internet
marketing firm while searching for a reliable and reputable person to handle
this transaction.we have the sum of Thirty-Two Million five Hundred thousand
united States Dollars that intend to be transfer overseas through the
assistance of a foreign partner because by the civil service rules in my
country,having overseas account is not allowed,that is why the solicit your
assistance to front this transaction within the shortest possible
time.Please it is pertinent for you know that this money came as a result of
over provision in the budget for our Energy and the west Africa Gas Pipeline

This over provision was done by my committee, but all contract payments have
been made to beneficiaries which was about $207,500,000 but now left behind
the excess of the over invoice amounted to the contract sum of $32,500,000
which intends to be taking out for my investment with your help and also my
re electioneers campaign coming this next year .

Am contacting you therefore to stand in as the beneficiary to process this
fund into your custody. As soon as you consent to this I will immediately
send you titled documents to the fund in your name so you can make claim for
it.I will provide you with 35% for assisting us and the fund shall be
transferred to you legally in accordance to all laid down procedures
governing transfer of funds.I have perfected all modalities for the
successful transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary.Finally, I have
to reassure you that this transaction is 100% risk free and should be kept
absolutely confidential.

Presently,you can reach me by return mail, you should also include your full
names as it appears in your ID, telephone numbers and fax numbers because of
the time different , Your contact address, Your personal company / Work
profile.Please reply as soon as possible.Thank you for your anticipated
cooperation. Also Note that we need to conclude this transaction within 14
working days.

Best Regards
Minister. Joseph Kofi Ada

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