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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: Mr.Akassam Mahama <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 11:49:19 +0100
Subject: (I need your immediate assistance and trust)

(I need your immediate assistance and trust)
Good Day Please Read,  
Dear Friend,
How are you and your family? I am Mr.Akassam Mahama, the director of the accounts & auditing dept .at the African Development Bank Ouagadougou-west Africa .(A D B) With due respect, I have decided to contact you on a business transaction that will be beneficial to both of us. I recovered an intestate account file of ($5.5m) owner by one of our foreign customers. This money has been dormant for years in our Bank without claim due to the owner of this fund died along with his entire family and leaving no next of kin in an air crash. In fact all the efforts I made to locate any of his relative or foreign business partners since last year were futile.
Therefore, I have decided to position you before my bank as the Foreign Business Partner/Consultant of the deceased in order to get the funds transferred in your account since no one will come for the claim thereafter. I am ready to reward you with 40% while 60% will be for me of the total sum for your corporate assistance. Invariably, I cannot handle this deal successfully without your help because I am a civil servant,besides, I cannot stand as the claimant to a foreigner.
The secret is bound between me and you. If you are capable or agree to this business Please for further information and enquiries feel free to contact me through this my e-mail:( or call me immediately for more explanation and better understanding.
I am waiting for your urgent response!!!
Thanks and remain blessed.
Mr.Akassam Mahama
+226 76621875

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