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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: "Mr.Mensah Sulikuh." <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 07:59:56 -0800
Subject: Trusting to hear from you immediately

Dear Friend,
My name is Mr.Mensah John Sulikuh, I am a senior banker in a bank here
in Accra Ghana.
I am contacting you for a business transfer, of a huge sum
of money from a deceased account.
Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will
make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring
you that everything documents that will bring about the
success of this transaction would be provided, and all will
be well at the end of the day. I decided to contact you
due to the urgency of this transaction.
The deceased person who died Neal Walker died in an air
crash along with his wife on the 31st October 1999 in an
Egyptian airline 990 with other passengers on board was an
American Oilconsultant/contractor with the Chinese Solid
Minerals Corporation. You can confirm his death from the
website below which was publishedby BBC WORLD NEWS.
Since his death, none of his next-of-kin are alive to make
claims for this money as his heir, because they all died in
the same accident himself and his wife (May their soul
rest in peace). We cannot release the fund from his account
unless someone applies for claim as the next-of-kin to the
deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines.
Upon this discovery, I now seek your permission to have you
stand as a next of kin to the deceased, as all
documentations will be carefully worked to make you the
beneficiary to the funds £6,100 000 00 GBP (Six million,
one hundred thousand Great British pounds sterling) which
will be released in your favor as the next of kin. Because
after seven years the money will be called back to the bank
bond treasury as unclaimed bills and the money shared
amongst the directors of the
bank. so it is on this note Idecided to seek for whom his
name shall be used as the next of kin/beneficiary to this
funds rather than allow the bank directors to share this
money amongst themselves at the end of the year.
It may interest you to know that we have secured from the
probate an order of mandamus to locate any of the deceased
beneficiaries. Please acknowledge receipt of this message
in acceptance of our mutual business endeavor by furnishing
me with the following information if you are interested.
1. Full names and address,
2. Telephone and fax Number.
3. your occupation.
For our personal contact and mutual trust in each other.
I shall be compensating you with 35% of the above amount on
final conclusion of this project for your assistance, the
balance 65% shall be for me , because I intend to retire
after the conclusion of this transaction . If this proposal
is acceptable by you, please endeavor to contact me
immediately. Do not take undueadvantage of the trust I
have bestowed in you, I await your urgent mail to my
personal email .
Best Regards,
Mr.Mensah John Sulikuh.

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