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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: Paul Clottey <>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 09:52:41 +0200

I must solicit your confidence in this letter. I am Mr. Paul Clottey,
the Head of Contract Awarding Committee of E.C.O.W.A.S(Economic
Community of West African States), Accra-Ghana. As a matter of trust,
I seek for an honest foreign partner in whose account we will transfer
the sum of Twenty-five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars(US$25.5M) for mutual benefit and further investment projects
in your country.

I hereby propose that 30% of this money will be for you as our foreign
partner, in respect to the provision of a foreign bank account for the
transfer, 5% will be set aside for expenses incurred during the
transfer process and 65% would be for me till I arrive in your
country. This transaction will be successfully concluded within 14
days if you accord us your unalloyed and due cooperation.

You will be required to:-

(1) Assist in the transfer of the said funds by providing your bank account.

(2) Advise on lucrative areas for investment in your country.

I suggest you get back to me as soon as possible stating your wish in
this deal through my personal email address,
provide your direct contact phone number in other to call you for
further discussions.

Thanks and best regards.

Mr. Paul Clottey

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