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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: "Mrs Sussie Addo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 29 Jul 2011 03:38:31 -0700


I am Mrs.Sussie Addo,I am a parlimentarian in this persent government in republic of

Ghana,and I seek someone that is worthy, and God-fearing.

I am persent, chairman,committee for contracts and evaluation ,in the house.
In my tenue,contract has been awarded and claim has been scanty.

There is this contract awarded to foreign firm and payment has been sign butuptill now
the beneficiary has not come for the collection.This Is where you come in.I want you to

assume the beneficiary and collect the sum of [Twenty-two million u s dollars]


Nevertheless,25% shall be given as gratitude for the action.If you can be able ton

providen me with the neccess information. Your full name, passport, state of origin,

conutry, Your mobile or home telephone Number. So that I send you all the details.

Yours sincerely,
Mrs.Sussie Addo

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