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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: "david nana" <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 12:47:29 +0200
Subject: GOOD DAY

I humbly want to introduce ourself to you .
we from the republic of Ghana in Africa. I am presently living in Accra
with my brother. I am DAVID 24yrs and KOJO my brother is 21yrs.
Our late father was a Vice President to the Board of Gold Mining
Corporation in Ghana before he died. 500 kilograms of AU Metal Gold Dust
including $15.5million dollar,
which our father kept in care of Africa Investment security company in
Ghana as family treasure before he died.

last month during the burial of our mother I discovered the certificate of
deposit, which our father kept in the underground safe, indicating the
particular Security Company
where these items are in Ghana.

I only want some one who is a God fearing man/Woman to assist us secure the
money and sell this Gold in his/her country to assist us to further our
education in your country.
We wish to sell each kilo for $8.000 USD. We shall furtherly need your help
to invest part of the money into any business you consider profitable and as
well in churhes ,
Mosique and Orphanage home. 25 % of the total sales have been map out for
all your assistance.
At your request the document for the safekeeping shall be sent to you,Upon
the receipt of your Fax and phone number and other contact details .


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