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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:

Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 01:24:34 +0100

My Dear,

This is Mr.John White, writing to you once again,

Thank you for the assistance rendered to me when i was really in need,
it is a thing of joy to inform you that finally, I have succeeded in
collecting the money at Long last.

Hope this mail find you in an excellent condition of health. I'm happy
to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under
the co-operation of a new partner from London UK. Presently I'm in JAPAN
for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile I
didn't forget you're past efforts and attempts to assist me in
transferring those funds that later failed some how, I have compensated
you with the sum of $1.5M USD, One million five hundred thousand

Now contact Rev.Kone Guci in Accra-Ghana and his email address is( <> ) ask him to send the
money to you the sum of
$1.5, One million five hundred thousand dollars which I kept for your
compensation for all your past efforts and attempts to assist me in this
matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much. So feel free
and get in touch with him and instruct him where to send the amount to

Please do let me know immediately if you receive it so that we can share
the joy after all the sufferings at that time. I'm very busy here WITH
MY STUDIES and the investment projects which me and the new partner are
having at hand.

This Money, I have left it for you to Barr Michael, I have tried many
times to talk to you on phone but you could not respond and I have no
time for myself because we are very busy now. You can still reach me if
you need anything.


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