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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: =?gb2312?q?Kennedy=20Addo?= <>
Date: Sat, 20 May 2006 07:16:48 +0800 (CST)


From: Kennedy Addo


Compliment of the day, I'm Mr. Kennedy Addo from

sierra-Leone. I picked interest on you after glancing through your short

profile; I deemed it necessary to disclose this important issue. I lost my

father during the rebel attacked in 2002.Before his death; he had an

account with a bank here in Ghana, where he made a deposit of US$38.5

Million Dollars.

This money was for the purchase of cocoa procession machines

and development of another factory, unfortunately he did

not meet his target before his untimely death.

Why I contacted you, due to the agreement he had with the

bank during deposit, I've been denied total access to the money, the

bank Manager told me precisely that the money was deposited in a

suspense fixed account with a clause attached to it for onward transfer

into a foreign account.

That the bank will follow the agreement written and signed

by both (the bank and my father) I was advised to look for a foreign

account where the money can be transferred before I can have access to


Since security here cannot be guaranteed besides, I've lost

my father, I hereby ask you to do me a favour by standing as my late

father foreign business partner and the beneficiary of the money

to enable the bank effect the transfer into your account. I have plans to

invest this money in continuation with the investment vision of my late

father, but not in this place again rather in your country. I have the

vision of going into real estate and industrial production.

Please if you are willing to assist me and my only sister Cynthia, indicate

your interest in replying soonest.

My privet email: ( or

Thanks for your anticipated co-operation,

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Kennedy & Cynthia

- Kennedy Addo

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