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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: Mohammed Zerrouki <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 07:32:09 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From Mr. Mohammed Zerrouki

From The Desk of Mr. Mohammed Zerrouki
The Branch Manager
International commercial Bank Ltd
Dansonman Branch Ghana.


My name is Mr. Mohammed Zerrouki, I’m the present branch Manager of International commercial Bank Limited, Dansonman branch, Ghana.

I write to solicit for your partnership in claiming the amount of US$5,500,000 from an account at our Head Office. The aforementioned money, which is my share percentage from a Gold Mining project that I helped financed, influentially.

Furthermore, as a Manager in the bank, I’m not allowed to be part of such a deal, because it’s against my company's professional practice policy. So I’m compelled to ask that you to stand on my behalf and receive this money into any account that is solely controlled by you. And i will compensate you with 40% of the total amount involved as gratification for being my partner in the transfer.

Yours Truly,
Mr. Mohammed Zerrouki

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