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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: "John Abbey" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2011 08:58:37 -0700
Subject: Yours truly Mr. John Abbey

Mr. John Abbey
>From Takoradi Ghana

Esteemed Compliments,

I anticipate that you read this mail quickly and let me know your opinionor willingness on this classified information that I will release to you.

Firstly, I am a happily married man with 4 kids and therefore Iwould not want to jeopardize this opportunity to change my financialstatus that will give my family a secured future.

How are you? hope fine. As a matter of fact I am Mr. John Abbey, and I am in position of Seven Million Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollar only [$7,650.000.00] which I need your co-operation as my partner to transfer this Money to your bank account within three(5) working days. This transaction is legal without any problem and it is bank to bank transfer.

Moreover, this fund is part of unclaimed deposited funds which I placed on Sundry Escrow Account here in our bank without any beneficiary information. And I want to work with you as my foreign partner to transfer this money to your bank account, since the code of conduct of our bank forbids me to operate a foreign account due to my position as a regional branch manager.

As soon as the Seven Million Six Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollar [$7,650.000.00]is transferred to your bank account, you shall take 40%, while I take 60%. If you are interested to work with me reply my email so I can send you more details. And I can provide any needed document during the transfer. My Private Tel: (+233 261 581 596)

Yours truly,
Mr. John Abbey.

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