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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:

Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2011 14:19:35 +0100 (BST)

Attention: Sir/Madam,
Ghana Purchasing Commission has launches 2011 Rural Development Project (RDP),
And they (GPC) are Looking for a reliable Suppliers who can handle the supply of any two of (72) Products listed on their notice Board which include few of the following items below after full payment into your Bank Account.

1.Name: Led Fluorescent:$69:00. Each
2.A4- Paper- Target Price $6:25.Per Ream
3.Wall Socket.
4.Name: T-Shirt. - Target Price $8:35 a Piece.
5.Bed Sheets: Target Price: $.40:00 per piece
6.Medical Equipment.
7.Name: Solar Street Light.
8.Hospital Towels. $17.70 per piece
9.Name: Rice.
10.Knapsack Sprayer.
11.Student Notebook Blinded
12.Condom.$0.155 per Piece
13.Pipes and tube
14.Storage tanks
15.Industrial Equipment
And host of others items not mentioned.
Select any two of these items, or send me your Products, so that full details will be given to you, which include Quantity, Payment terms, and Shipping destinations. Send me your suppliers Name: Phone Number and Country the Product Originated.
Please reply me in my private email below.
Mr.james essien.
Accredited Agent.

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