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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: "Desmond Eyadema" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 12 Apr 2012 04:05:45 +0300
Subject: Greetings to you and your family

Dearly Beloved,

My Greetings to you and your family,My name is Desmond Eyadema, am the son of the late president of Togo,a country in West Africa.Presently i and my mother are living in Ghana for reasons best known to us.I write you this email in respect of my consignment box in ACCRA GHANA, which I and my mother want you to assist us,by standing as our trustee ,to help us receive this consignment on our behalf.

The box (Consignment ) contains $38.5 Million U.S.Dollars, that was deposited by my late father under Ghana High Commission for I and my mother,Mr. Johnson Ascot who was suppose to receive this consignment in ACCRA GHANA, began to demand for 50% which I and my mother did not agree on for any reason,that was why we have to stop the delivery to him, and search for another Beneficiary who can help us on this.

I will give you 30% from the total fund involve for your assistance,because that was the former agreement we have with our former beneficiary Mr. Johnson Ascot before he later changed is mind due to his greed.If you are willing to help us, kindly reply us so with your names and phone numbers,so that we can proceed immediately because of the time limits.Thanks..

Yours Sincerely,
Desmond Eyadema

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