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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: officeee dirttt <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 05:29:07 -0800 (PST)
Subject: supply enquiry


Ecowas has launches 2011 Rural/Community Development Vision (RCDV) to

Achieve these; Funds has been set aside to covered payment for the

Supply of several products in large quantity. About Forty-Two

(42) Products/Items will be needed for Purchase/Supply in a Large

Quantity. Such As:

1. Led Fluorescent.

2. A4- Paper. (Target Price: $4.87) Per Ream

3. Carbon Steel/ Alloy Steel Tubes

4. Mobile’s Phone

5. T-shirt. (Target Price: $7:88) each

6. Urea 46% N.

7. Medical Equipment.

8. Door. (Target Price: $70:00)

9. Wall Socket.

10. Bed Sheets.

11. Solar Street Light.

And host of others not mentioned.

Note that payment is 80% down Payment, while 20% balance will be paid

Before Shipments.

Destinations: Tema Harbor Seaport Accra Ghana.

Select any one or two items above; I will give you full specifications

And Quantity.

Thank You,

Mr. Williams Mensah


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