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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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Fraud email example:

From: "johana mbaga" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 21:02:16 +0000
Subject: seeking for assistance

My name is Johana Mbaga . I am from
but staying in Ghana as a refugee . I
desperately seeking for assistance.
My father was a chief in Sierre-Leone. He was the
irman of the national revenue collection commitee and a diamond
maerchant. He
was attacked by the rebel soldiers on his way to his
plastic industry with my mother,two sisters and one of
my brothers plus my wife and two children. My mum, my wife and two
children, two sisters and my brother died on
the sport while my father was rushed to the hospital
by the U.S. peace keeping troupe where he died two
days later.
Before he died, he revealed to me that he kept some money about
U.S.dollars(fifteen million U.S.dollars) in a security
company in Ghana. He told me that he put the money in
a trunk box and registered it with the security
company as important family documents not as money.
The security company does not know it is money. He
also told me the name of the bank where he kept the
documents of deposit in Abidjian. He told me to go and
claim the trunk box(money) and use it to invest and
help my future incase he dies. But not in Africa but
in abroad.
After his death, his company and other valuable
properties were burnt to ashes including our house.
When I saw that everything is like this, I had to run to Ghana to take
refuge. When we
got to Ghana, I contacted a lawyer who helped iI to
retrive/claim the documents of deposit from the bank
my father kept it in Abidjian. The documents are
right here with me as I am writing to you now.
My problem now is how to get a foreign connection
to transfer this trunk box(money) abroad and invest
this money there since my father warned me not invest
this money in Africa to avoid traces and I am
ignorant of abroad. Not only that, also for the fact
of what happened to our family in Africa. As lonely
orphan, I now hate Africa.
It is very very risk free. I will contact the
security company to transfer the trunk box(money) to
you in your country as my late father's business
partner. Or any country nearest to you if the security
company does not have branch in your country. I will
send to you the particulars of deposit to claim it.
You will go and claim the trunk box(money) and lodge
it in a bank or any safe place according to your wish
before you will send me letter of invitation to come
to your country.
When I come to your country, I am going to give
you 20% of the money as your compensation. I will use
10% of the money to settle any expences that may arise
during the transfer if any. And I will use 70% of the
money to invest on whatever you will advice me to do
and which will be under your supervision as my partner.
Like I said it is very very risk and must be kept
very confidential because the security company does
not know it is money and to avoid traces too.
I will appreciate anything possible you can do to
help me. If you are interested please do write me back
with either of this e-mail
address,( </mailto.cgi?sid=14277413&addr=address,(> or </mailto.cgi?sid=14277413&>) or call my mobile
phone(00233 24 4875346)
Don't forget to include your full name, address and
phone number for further instructions and easy
Thanks . Wishing you God's blessings and protection
while anticipating your favourable reply at your
earliest convinient.
Your's sincerely
Johana Mbaga.

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