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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 Anthony .k. Nelson" <>
Date: Mon, 16 Feb 2009 05:15:40 -0800 (PST)
Subject: With Regards

From: Mr.

Accra, Ghana.

Hello Dear

I got your contact during my search for a reliable, honest and a trust wort=
person to entrust this huge transfer project with My name is Mr. Anthony=A0=
Branch manager
of a financial
institution here in Ghana. I am a Ghanaian married with two kids.

I am writing to solicit your assistance in the transfer of $ 7,597.864.00
Million United States dollars
only. This fund is the excess of what my branch in which am the manager mad=
e as
profit during the 2007 financial year.

I have already submitted annual report for that year to my head office here=
in Accra Ghana as I have
watched with keen interest as they will never know of this excess I have si=
placed this amount of $ 7,597.864.00 Million United States dollars only to =
an Escrow
Coded account without a beneficiary (anonymous) to avoid trace

As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money due=
to civil service code
which formats civil servants
from owing or operating foreign currency account coupled with the
fact that the fund is huge thus I am impelled to request for your assistanc=
e to
receive this money into your bank account on my behalf

I intend to part 30% of this fund to you while 70% shall be for me. I do ne=
to stress that there are practically no risk involved in this. It's going t=
o be
a bank-to-bank transfer. All I need from you is to stand as the original
depositor of this fund so that the fund can be legally processed to your na=
and be transferred to your account.

With Regards,=20

Mr. Anthony=A0Nelson


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