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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: "Mr. James Kwadwo" <jkwadwo02@gmail.com>
Reply-To: mrjamesk001@adinet.com.uy
Date: Tue, 15 Jul 2008 15:16:45 +0100
Subject: Compliment,


Compliment,

My name is Mr.James Kwadwo, a political activist and an attorney. I am a
member of my party's executive committee.

My aim of contacting you is to crave your indulgence to assist us in
securing some funds abroad for safe keeping which incidentally was kept to
help us finance the forth coming elections this 2008 December. Fortunately
with my immediate assistance, and contact, we were able to deposit the money
in a Bank security vault pending when the fund would be needed.

The need to contact you arose from the fact that the present government is
cracking down on the opposition and trying to trace all the funds that
belong to it, if they succeed in tracing this fund to us, they will seize it
and thereby incapacitating our campaign abilities.

We wish to relocate this fund in a foreigner's name to avoid any trace. All
I need from you is an assurance that you can handle the amount involved
(US$19,500,000) comfortably and that I can also trust you with this
arrangement. Be rest assured that there is no risk involved since I have
taken care of everything. I want you to immediately inform me of your
willingness in assisting and co-operating with us, so that I can send you
full details of this transaction and we will make arrangement and discuss at
length on how to transfer this funds.

Please if you are not interested in this business, let me know in time, so
that I can contact someone else.

Yours sincerely,
Mr.James Kwadwo.

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