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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 Khan Ocalan" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 14 Feb 2019 06:14:04 -0800

I write to you based on a request by an investor who needs to invest
his funds in your country. My name is Mr Khan Ocalan, an investment
manager here in Ghana Africa; we represent the interests of very
wealthy Investors mainly from West, East and North Africa. Due to the
sensitivity of their position they hold in their Organization and the
unstable investment environment of their countries, they prefer to
channel/move majority of their funds into more stable economies and
developing nations where they can get good yield for their money and
its safety.
This reserved group of individuals, whom our firm is personally
holding their assets instructed and approached us with a mandate to
seek for a firm or an individual such as yourself who has the
experience and capacity to receive their assets and re-invest it into
a good and lucrative investment you will recommend.
Kindly let us know your acceptance to this offer. Also you should
furnish us with full comprehensive draft of your terms and conditions.
We also need to know about the area or idea of investment plans you
are to propose. Once we are convinced on your capacity to handle these
assets we will then provide you with all necessary information
including the unmentioned amount involved.
Sincerely yours,
Mr Khan Ocalan

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