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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 Peter Nana Atta" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 24 Mar 2012 15:19:53 -0500

Mail From Mr Peter N Ata.
My name is Mr. Peter N Ata. I am a banker here in Ghana. I got your contact from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and The Ministry of International Trade and Industry. I need your help to transfer U.S. $ 10,500,000.00 dollars.I feel quite safe and satisfy dealing with you in this Mutual Beneficial transaction. Though this medium (Internet) has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest, surest and most secured Medium of communication.
The money is part of the profits from our bank last two years (ie 2010). I have Already Submitted annual report for last year to my bank head quarters in Accra - Ghana, and They did not notice the excess profits. I deposited the U.S. $ 10,500,000.00 dollars in an escrow account without a beneficiary (anonymous), to Avoid any trace.
I can not be directly connected to this money because I still work with the bank. So, I need your help to transfer this money to your country and you for me to share. I offer you 40% of this total money to you as my foreign partner and 60% would be for me or better still I am willing to go into partnership investment with you owing to your wealth of experience.
There Is no risk Involved  because it will be a bank-to-bank transfer. All I need from you is to stand as my foreign partner and the owner of the money to enable you to present foreign bank account where the money will be Transferred to,If you accept this Proposal, I am prepared to go into partnership with you. Please kindly reply to me for more information on how to proceed If you are interested with the information below.
1. Full Name:
2. Your Present Residential / Company Address:
3. Direct Contact Phone/Fax/ Mobile Number:
4. Your Age:
5. Your Country:
6. Your Occupation:
7. Your City:
8. Marital Status:
Mr Peter N Ata

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