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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: "METLIFE INSURANCE COMPANY" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <metlife.insurancecompany@yahoo.com>
Date: Sun, 9 Sep 2012 00:34:29 -0700
Subject: METLIFE INSURANCE COMPANY.. ( URGENET RESPOND NEEDED)

MetLife Insurance Company

Metlife Insurance Company, Ghana 

Attn:

 

This is to inform you that the sum of US$12.000,000,00 Twelve Million United States Dollars has been allocated to you which was deposited by Late Charles Eduwo here in the MetLife Insurance Company of Ghana , Due to the lost of foreign client, who has helped in the growths of this company. We are deeply sorry for the lost. The management and staff of METLIFE INSURANCE COMPANY GHANA send our condolence to the families of the late desease.

He has also invested more than $5.000,000,00 Five Million United States Dollars with a rewardable profit of $10,000 Dollars which is payed monthly to hes account which has now been mandated to be transferred to you, All you need to do is to send us the details on how you want the money to be sent to you.

Option on how the payment will be sent to you!

1) United Nation Diplomatic Delivery
2) Bank to Bank wire Transfer
3) Dhl Express Delivery Service
4) Atm Company
5) Western Union Money Transfer
6) Money Gram Express Payment

We Provide retirement plan and other financial services to healthcare, education, and non profitable organizations! The MetLife Center for Special needs planning is a group of planners which serve families and individuals with special motive as soon as you admonish us your preferable option among the options. We were asked to contact you by the barrister binding the late depositor which sincerely authorised the MetLife Insurance Company to get a valid contact with you since you happen to be the next of kin to the funds that was deposited by Late Charles Eduwo.


Please endeavor to contact us so that we can proceed with the payment as soon as possible because your satisfaction is our goal.


Dr. Mike Kofi.

Managing Director.

MetLife Insurance Company.

 

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