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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: "FESTUS ACQUAH" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 17:45:04 +0000

My name is FESTUS ACQUAH. iam,49 yrs.of age. A civil servant with the government of my country Ghana,situated in the western part of Africa. I,also have a Gold mining company which I am the managing Director. This company was established in 1999 during the time my brother,DR.PAUL A. ACQUAH, was the governor of the bank of Ghana I Having worked for so many years,have the knowledge that very soon I will be retired from service,and,observation have made me to know that those who did not plan very well before retirement always end up noting dejected and rejected. So,I have decided to invest the little money that I have acquired over the years into something that will yield profit to me. The amount is 11.7m US$. And I am prepared to part with some % of this amount to you if you will assist me.I will be happy if you can also help me to get addmission into a very nice universitf for my son who will be representing me over there for the time been.If you are ready to help
2Can account will be opened in your name there after be transfered to where you choose. The money is safely deposited with BANK IN ACCRA Ghana. and I did not declare what was inside,reason was that my brother is now in trouble with Ghana government charge with misaproprate of the government's money. You can contact me with this secured e-mail.

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