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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: "Dr. Godfrey Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 18:01:09 +0100
Subject: Good Day Sir!!

Good Day Sir!!

I am the Former Group Managing Director of Ghana National Petroleum Corporation. I have used my Good Office to acquire the sum of US$67million during my tenure as stated herein. The aforementioned Funds was concealed in Four Diplomatic Treasure Boxes and deposited with an Independent Security and Finance Company here in the Republic of Ghana.Neverteless, I would like you to stand as the Beneficiary of this Funds so as to have the funds claimed and wire transfer out of my Country without delay.

This is because of my Country's Financial Control on every Serving and Ex-Government Officials. Our sharing ratio should you wish to Partner with me is 40:60%.I will appreciate if you can send me your Private Telephone Numbers for discussion of this offer in more details.

Thank you and looking forward to a prosperous business relationship betweenus.

Yours Sincerely,
Dr.Godfrey Williams

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