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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: francis opiah <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jul 2007 01:04:07 -0400
Subject: From: Mr. Francis Opiah, (Vault Manager)

From: Mr. Francis Opiah, (Vault Manager)Cristal Security Company Ltd.Accra-Ghana Dear Friend, Compliments. My names are Mr. Francis Opiah, I work as a Vault Manager with a Private Security Company based in Ghana. I have been working with this security company for the past 18 Years with dedication, though my salary is nothing to write home about. I bring good tidings to you today dear, though before now we do not know each other for the first time but I believe strongly that my coming to you with this prospective business is divine. But my word for you is that you will never regret this assistance and participation in bringing this transaction to completion with me. In our Security Company Vault where I work as attendant, there is these Consignments that has been laying UNCLAIMED for the past 10 years by an old Politician and nobody has ever comes for the claims of these consignments, from the file and record before me in my office I have traced the depositor of these Consignments only to find out that the depositor is Died for the past years ago, and every effort to locate any of his surviving relatives or close family members proof abortive. Now, about three months ago the members and board of directors of our company met and deliberated upon that every consignment that has exceeded the period of 8years without it depositor coming for claims and collection be destroyed or disposed so as to create space to accommodate other incoming consignment from new clients/Customers. It is on this basis that I capitalized on knowing what is in these consignments, I run a scan on these consignment only to find out that it contents are fiscal cash to running into Millions of United States of American Dollars. To this effect the entire management of our company does not know about this development till date, now I am contacting you believing that you could be of assistance in joining hands with me to have these Consignments/Metallic Trunk Boxes Removed and shipped to your country where immediately after the completion of this transaction I will come over to your country to Disburse/Share the Fund inside the Consignment 40% to you while 60% for me the initiator. Should you accept this offer I will personally secure a Transfer of Ownership of these consignments to your names and back date it to suit the claims while I will file in your names in the computers as the rightful beneficiary to these consignment/ Metallic Trunk Boxes and every necessary information that will lead to claim it will I supply to you which you might consider necessary during the time of claims and collection of the Consignment. Also should you need to see the copies of the deposit Documents that was issued to the it available to your perusal and retention if only you can make your direct Telephone, cell phone and fax numbers known to me I will have them faxed to you without further delays.late depositor by the management of our company I will not hesitate to make I can guarantee you that if only you give me a chance and corporate with me within the next fourteen (14) working days from today the consignment will be released and delivered to your doorstep in your country. I know how to handle this and immediately after the completion of this transaction I will personally destroy and delete every information leading to the completion of this transaction this is to assure you that I will not leave any traces. Please dear, I will advise here that you need not to disclose this transaction to a third ear for now until we finally bring this transaction to completion. I look forward to hearing from your call as you can always reach me on my direct Tel: 00233 20 8386095, for further details.Regards. Mr.Francis Opiah,Tel: 00233 20 8386095
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