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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: "dick Andani." <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 20:43:10 +0200
Subject: dick Andani.

Dear Sir

My name is dick Andani, I am 18 years old and I am the only son of Late King Yakubu Andani. I am Yendi in Ghana. Yendi is known for its rich deposits of gold and this led to the assasination of my father which necessitated that I run to Cote d'Ivoire. I saw your profile and decided to contact you a confidential financial transaction that involves the transfer and investment of my fathers financial estate which will be used for the sole purpose on investment in your country. The total sum of the estates amounts to Thre Million Six Hundred Thousand Dollars..

The details will be given to you when I receive your response. For quick responses I will like you to call me directly on this number +225-08140647 as this is of paramount importance to me as the heir to the estates

dick Andani.

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