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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: "frederick" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Aug 2009 16:36:58 +0100

Direct E-mail address:



>From the records of outstanding contractors/inheritance claim due for payment with the bank of Ghana your name and company was discovered as next on the list of the outstanding contractors/inheritance claim who have not received their payments.

I wish to inform you that your payment is being processed and will be released to you as soon as you respond to this letter. Also note that from my record in my file your outstanding contract/inheritance claim payment . Please re-confirm to me if this is inline
with what you have in your record and also re-confirm to me the followings:

1) Your Full Name.
2) Your Telephone, Fax and Mobile Number.
3) Company's Name, Position and Address.
4) Your Receiving Banking Particulars.
5) Copy of your International Passport.

As soon as this information are received, your payment will be made to you in a certified bank draft or wired to your bank account directly from Our corresponding bank in abroad and copies of the transfer documents will be given to you for you to
take to your bank and confirm when the funds will be credited into your account. Please get in touch with me first by my secured and confidential email: As soon as you receive this mail for more clarification and directives.

Yours Faithfully,
Frederick Francis

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