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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: beck4good <>
Date: Wed, 6 Dec 2006 23:29:19 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Urgent, pls open & read carefully

Please I Know This Mail, May Come To You As A Great Surprise, But Please Do Try And Take Your Time To Read It Carefully, Because I Have No Other Intension Of Contacting You Rather Than For Us To Become A Life Business Partner.

Please If Some One Want To Invest In Your Country By Building Hotels There, What Is Your Advice Or Is There Any Other Good Business That You May Prefer?

I Am Becky Tanaba From Sierra Leone But Now In Ghana With My Brother.

We Lost Our Parents Due To Heart Problem, I Mean Heart Disease Now We Are Orphan.

My Father Kept the Sum Of 8 Million U.S D (Dollars) In
Security Company Here In Ghana with My Name When He
Was Dealing on Gold and Diamond Business in Ghana Before He Died

But Before He Died, He Deposited These Items In The Name Of Family Treasure, I Mean Family Precious Items. The Security Company Did Not Know That It Was Money That Was In the Boxes

Having Closely Studied the Economic Climate of Ghana
(West Africa) It Will Not Be Suitable For Us to Invest
The Fund Here Hence It My Sincere Desire To Move The
Fund Overseas and This Is Where I Need
You池e Assistance.

I Have Closely Studied All The
Processes Involved and We Cannot Shoulder It Alone without the Participation of a Trusted and Reliable Foreign partner

Your Assistant and Cooperation Would Be In The
Area of Initial Finance to Execute This Transaction, And
Stand As the Beneficiary (Foreign Business Partner) To
Me and My Brother and Trustee to Oversee, To Invest and Manage This Fund on Viable Forms Of Investment Overseas

After Looking Trough The Process Involved, I And My Brother Decided To Give Out 25% On Your Assistant, That Is, If You Can Help Us Retrieve It And Stand As Our Foreign Investor Where By We Will Come And Stay There For The Rest Or Our Life.
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Becky & Mike John Tanaba

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