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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: "john kaka" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 09:48:15 +0000

Dear Sir/Madam
I am John Kaka. from Sierra Leone but now in Ghana and I am contacting
you because I need your help in the management of a sum of money and Gold my
dead mother left for me before her death.This money is USD 15.5 million
American Dollars and the Gold is 22. karat 218 kilograms that was deposited
in Goil Oil Services Company Limited here in Waja Kasoa city in Ghana. My
mother was a very rich Gold farmer and she was poisoned by her business
colleagues and now I want you to stand as my guidance and appointed
beneficiary as foreign partner and receive the money and the Box of Gold in
your country since I am only 20 years and without mother or father. The
information is that the money and the Gold will be transferred to you so
that you will get me papers to travel to your country to continue my life
there. and i will send you all the documentation that's backing the claim so
that you can as well made the claim be for is too late.

What is holding me here in this country is the property, the life inside
refugee camp is not easy, it a very bad situation, hence the British
Government and UN is not really taking care of us. The property and I have
make necessary arrangement legitimately for the transfer of the property out
of Africa ; only what I need is someone who will receive it in abroad that
is why I contact you I intend to invest the money on a good business, at the
same time we will use part to assist the orphanage Child who are suffering,
most especially we the refugees.The fund
will be under your investment control for three Years during which only the
profit will be shared annually 70% for me and 30% for you annually I will be
looking forward to hear from you, as I believe that destiny has brought us
If you are interested get back to me so that i can tell you the next step
to take and link you to the company immediately for the claim. you can
contact me on this e-mail address:

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