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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. Boakye"<>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 05:11:23 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Your urgent reply needed (President of the Institute of Bankers)


I am Mr. Boakye Agyeman, the Deputy Managing Director, Finance &amp; Banking Services of the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB). I have a B.Sc. Degree in Economics from the University of London and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of the Bankers, (FCIB) I am also the current President of the Institute of Bankers, Ghana.

Ireceived your contact from a financial source records and currentPayment approval sheets among others listed. However, I wish to informyou that I have a very big financial project;

Iwould like us to work towards, which I will procure all the necessaryDocuments via the Law Court of Judiciary that will guarantee theTransfer of The funds into any nominated bank from your side. I wish toinform that I have the sum of US$32,000,000.00(Million) deposited in a dormant bank account awaiting to assign a beneficiary name before it would be transferred.I have been depositing funds into this account for the past ten yearslittle by little up to this time, from joint deal transfer of goldfunds sales with a company –name- Ashanti Goldfields Company (AGC), Which is part British-owned that deals on gold mining in the village of? Sanso in Obuasi, Central-Eastern Ghana.

Please,I would like you to contact me with your full details so that both ofus can move this fund into a very safe place without any problem. Ihope to hear from you so that I will give you more details regardingthis transfer.

Email me back at:

Yours truly,

Mr. Boakye Agyeman

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