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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.ALMA OFORI" <>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 17:59:05 +0530 (IST)

Attn: Sir/Madam,

My husband and I are Government accredited commission agents , introducing foreign contractors ,  companies and Individuals who are capable to handle the  contract supply of goods and items to a reliable end buyer here in Ghana.

Please let us know your company products for immediate contract supply order for our careful study.

Upon your interest/reply I shall feed you with full details .

Best Regards.

 Mrs.Lydia and Eric Dezor.
 Contract Agent.

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