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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: "clinton philips" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 6 Jun 2005 13:52:22 +0100
Subject: clinton philips

International Commercial Bank Accra Ghana

Dear friend,

How are you? I am MR. CLINTON Chief Accountant in charge. I write to associate with you regards to my achievement. I submitted records of amount made last year and found that there is extra $ 2.700.000 Million Dollars. I quickly deposit the funds into our offshore payment as ESCROW DEPOSIT without any beneficiary name.

Please I sick for your assistance to claim this funds as the Full beneficiary, there is no single risk at all. Les than 1-month from today, all banks will be submitting their records as the end of year incomes records. Please I need a fast transaction as you can see, we have no more time left.

I need my share to start my new life and to put down this job. Please kindly work with me there is no single risk on this. If we don't pull these funds, it can be there for 1 million years. At the end, it will be transfer to GHANA FEDERAL RESERVE BANK while they may think; the beneficiary of the funds is died.

Please kindly get back to me as I hope to hear from you through this email address: .or you can reach me at my office + 233 24-330-2928. We shall then thrash out the %. However, let 30 % be yours while 70% is my. It's going to be BANK-TO-BANK transaction.
Await your prompt response.



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