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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: "DAVID AFOR" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 04:09:56 +0800

Dear Sir/madam,
My name is David Afor, a refugee from Democratic Republic of Congo{DRC} I'm able to discover your astute ability to handle a business transaction of considerable volume which equally requires urgency and secrecy  hence I have decided to contact you in good faith hoping that you would do everything in your means to help me get my consignment to your doorstep and then I can come over and become your foster son.
I am a Congolese and a son to Gen. Jacob Afor one of the Army Generals who died during the recent gun shot that took the life of president Laurent-Desire Kabila of the Democratic Republic of Congo. My father later died two days in hospital in the shoot out that took the life of Kabila being perpetuated by his bodyguard.
Before my father died, he instructed and confided in me as his first son about his business and secrecy. As a matter of fact, my father gave me some documents bearing the name of a security company in Accra the capital of Ghana, which he told me was the place he deposited huge amount of money when he was assigned to go and buy arms and ammunition's that would have been used to confront the rebels lead by Prof. Wamba dia Wamba.
This money which is in the tone of $20 million was   lying at the vault of this security company until I came to Ghana.
Armed with this documents that my father gave me, I flew to Accra, Ghana where I confirmed the documents. The security company showed me a 3 sealed trunk boxes with
the inscription "FAMILY ACHIEVE" with my name being used as the next of kin in the deposit form. However, my father had earlier informed me that he cleverly packed the US$20 million in 3 sealed trunk boxes and told the security company that it contained works of art. This he did in order to conceal the money from being detected.
Now with Mr. Kabila's death, and equally with my fatherís exit, I need a foreign partner with the image of God in him or her who will assist me to receive this money (US$20 MILLION) in abroad, and who will equally not sidetrack me and my sister when this money gets into his/her possession. On completion of this transaction, I wish to offer you 30% of the total
sum for your assistance and I and my sister will also come over to your country for a joint investment according to your directives. There is no risk involved both now and future.
I want you to note that as of now I have succeeded in clearing the consignment from the security house, and instructed them to move the consignment to the security vault
Of the Kotoka International Airport here in Ghana awaiting SHIPMENT. Please sir/madam,
Indicate your interest regards to this transaction by contacting me on my email address ( in order for me to forward you the documents that the security company issued my late father during the time he made this deposit as the documents covers this transaction. And also, I have the certificate of origin of this fund and the Anti drug and terrorism certificate including a non destination inspection certificate covering my consignment.
Apart from me and my younger sister, nobody knows the contents of the consignment. Please note that Man is God to Man, and God brought you to me at the nick of time that my consignment is ready to leave.
All the modalities to have my consignments delivered through
Reliable diplomatic courier attached to the United Nations Red cross society are already in place. The only snag I am having is the Government V.A.T which is in lieu of a yellow card that will allow the shipment and clearance officer release my consignment for onward delivery to your destination.
Please I would appreciate if you could scan and attach your i.d, and send your delivery information to me so that i can pass it over to the catholic pontiff that would help me deliver to you.
Please help me treat this transaction with the urgency it requires.
God bless.
Your immediate response is highly needed.
Best regards.
David Afor.

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