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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: Akwasi Osei <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Feb 2009 10:40:09 +0000
Subject: Compensation

Dear Friend,

I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund transferred. Presently I'm in Paraguay, for investment projects with my own share of the total sum. Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed us some how. Now contact my financial consultant his contact is below:Name: Rev.Cyril Foster Email: Tel: +233206638007.Ask him to send it to you sum of ($1,00 0.000.00) in ATM CARD, which I kept for your compensation.

So contact him immediately and send your full Information to enable him delivers your ATM CARD to your door step.

1. YOUR FULL NAME: __________________________
2. YOUR ADDRESS: ____________________________
3. TELEPHONE NUMBER: _______________________
4. AGE&OCCUPATION________________________

Remain blessed,
Ambassador.Akwasi Osei

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