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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: "MR. KWESI BONSU" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 7 Feb 2011 01:59:42 +0800

Dear Friend,

I am Mr Kwesi Bonsu , the director in charge of auditing and accounting section International Commercial bank of Ghana (ICB). I would like you to indicate your interest to receive the transfer of $12.5 Million Dollars. I will like you to stand as the next of kin to our late customer whose account is presently dormant for claims. Please once you are interested kindly send me the following details information below,

1.Your full name:...........
2.Resident address:........
3.Private phone........
4.fax numbers:...............
5.Country :................

I shall send you more details as soon as i hear from you.

Expecting to hear from you soon.

Mr.Kwesi Bonsu.
Private Email:

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