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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: "AGA-Fred-Adu"<>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 09:07:33 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Private message

Hello Sir,I trust this finds you well and reaches you in wonderful spirit. My name is Fred-Adu James. I am an employee of AngloGold Ashanti {AGA}Ghana for a couple of years now. I planned to retire and or resigned from the full services at AGA in a few months from now.I had taken pains to find your contact through personal endeavors.There is an information I would like you to keep very confidential and private.I need a dependable and capable person in your place as a representative who will partner with and help me take custody, manage and invest certain funds which i have access and in possession of and which i will like to invest in your country. Area if interests includes the real estate and construction sector as well as in stock.The funds in question is $5,500,000.00 Milllion U.S.Dollars and they are presently in the custody of BG Securities Inc., Accra Ghana.I need your assistance to relocate this funds to your place and invest them. I shall also relocate after
retirement to your country to continue with my life.If your are interested and can maintain the very high confidentiality that this transaction will entails, please email me back so i can provide you with further details.Thank you and hoping to hear back from you soon.Regards,Fred-Adu James.Fred-Adu JamesAngloGold Ashanti {AGA}.Ashanti-Tokeradi, Ghana.

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