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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: "grace kenga" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 18:10:49 +0100

Grace Kenga,
Accra, Ghana

Hello Dear,

My name is Grace Kenga from Sierra-Leone.I know this might be a surprise to
you about where I got your contact. I got your address from names directory
during when i was seeking for a reliable person who will honestly assist me
and my younger brother, Michael to realize our inherited funds into his/her
account and as well as invest it into a lucrative business.I am the only
daughter of Mr.Robert Kenga,former trade union president who was killed by
rebels on his way to Capital city,Freetown.Before his death,he deposited a
trunk box containing $10 million U.S Dollars with a Security Company in
Ghana for safe keeping and instructed that our next of kin/his foreign
business partner should claim it since we were not of age at the time of
deposit for investment.

After the death of our father,i and my younger brother, Michael escaped to
the Republic of Ghana where he had deposited the money in the Security
Company as a family valuables. And we were permitted to reside here as
Refugees. Because of our present and unpleasant status here in the camp, we
decided to contact you owing to the fact that we couldn't find our next of
kin/my father's foreign business partner so as to assist us in moving this
money out Of Ghana because, as an asylum seekers,we are not allowed to
operate any financial transaction of such amount within Ghana.

We have agreed to offer you a negotiable amount for your assistance and the
rest will be for me and my younger brother, Michael to Invest in your
country. All we want you to do is to stand as our next of kin/our father's
partner so that this fund will be released to you for investment in your
country under your supervision while we make plans to join you.

We have all the vital documents covering the deposit and the ownership which
I can send them on request.Send your direct phone number for more
informations.I shall detail you more once i receive your acceptance

I expect your prompt response.

Yours Sincerely,


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