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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: Victor Asiedu <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 11:12:23 +0000

Dear Friend:

I know you would be surprised to read from someone relatively unknown to you before. My names are Mr. Victor Raymond Asiedu, Branch manager of the financial institution here in Accra Ghana.

I have a business deal in my Branch valued $4,750,000.00 Million US Dollars Only, but needed a foreign person to lay claim to it with my directives. Can you guarantee safety of my share of the funds and also the secrecy of this transaction? I must be sure of my share safety before given you the details of the transaction.

Briefly, This fund is the excess of what my branch in which I am the manager made as profit during the 2007 financial year. But as an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money due to civil service code which forbids civil servant from owning or operating foreign currency account, thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money into your bank account on my behalf.

I do need to stress that there are practically no risk involved in this. It's going to be a bank-to-bank transaction and our sharing percentage ration will be 30/70 between us. All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund so that the fund can be legally processed to your name and be transferred to your account.

I will give you more details about the transaction when I receive your affirmative response.

Thanks and God bless,

Mr. V.R. Asiedu.

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