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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: "Wippy" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 27 Dec 2009 10:16:37 -0100

I am desperately looking for a foreign partner whom I can trust to handle some Investment or fund movement. My name is Alex Wippy,27 years old, the son of Late chief Doctor Micheal Wippy. A Zimbabwe business Man, politician and Farmer. During the current crises against the farmers in Zimbabwe from the supporters of President Robert Mugabe to claim all the white-owned farms to his party members and his followers, he ordered all white farmers to surrender all farms to his party members and his followers.

My father is One of the most successful multi-farmers in our country and because he did not support Mugabe`s ideas, Mugabe's supporters invaded his farm and burnt everything in the farm, killing him and made away with a lot of items in my Father's farm. Before his death, my father had deposited with a security company in Ghana , the sum of (US$18Million - 18Million United States Dollars and 100 kg of gold dust). (The documents of which he only made me aware of) After the death of my father, I decided to move to Republic of Ghana where I re-located under political asylum as a refugee to seek for foreign partner overseas that will assist me to move this money out of the security company to his country for investment purpose.

As an asylum seeker I am not allowed to Invest or operate any Bank Account within Ghana . That is why I need your urgent help. I have agreed with my mother to compensate you out of the total sum for your assistance as soon as the money gets into your account. I want truth and honesty to be our watch word in this transaction for the successful out comes of it. Please reply me as soon as possible if you are willing to work with me. Thanks and God bless you.

Sincerely Yours,
Alex Wippy
(For The Family)

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