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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: Kwameh Ibrahim <>
Date: Sat, 9 Feb 2013 09:19:20 +0100
Subject: How are you today?

Dear Sir,

How are you today? I hope you are fine.

Before I proceed i would like to introduce myself to you. My name is
Mr Kwameh Ibrahim a staff of one of a Commercial Bank in Republic of
Ghana. I have a confidential business proposition for you. I got your
contact from (Worldwide Chamber of commerce Directory) On September,
2004 An oil consultant / contractor with the Ghana National Petroleum
Corporation, Mr Jamel Ismail made a numbered time of fixed deposit for
twelve calendar months valued at Nine Million united states dollars
US$9,000,000.00 in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine
notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.

After a month, i sent a reminder and finally discovered from his
contact employers, that he died along with his family in auto crash.
On further investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and
all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless. I also made
further investigation and discovered that, he did not declare any next
of kin in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit
paperwork. This sum of US$9M is still in our Bank and the interest is
being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No
one will come forward to claim it.

According to our banking ethics and law , at the expiration of 9
years, the money will revert to the ownership of our bank if nobody
applies to claim the funds. Now, my proposal is that I would want you,
as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to Mr Jamel Ismail so that
the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some
corrupt government officials in my country.

This is simple,
1)I would want you to provide to me immediately your full names and
address so that the attorney will prepare all the necessary documents
and affidavits, which will put you in place as the next of kin to this
fixed deposit. (2) We shall employ the services of an attorney for
drafting all the necessary documents in your favor for the transfer of
this money to you as the beneficiary / next of kin of Mr Jamel Ismail
The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio
of 50% for you and 50% for me.

There is no risk as all the paper work for this transaction will be
done by the attorney and my position as a staff of this department,
guarantees the successful execution of this deal. If you are
interested, reply immediately. Upon your response I shall then give
you more details and relevant documents that will help you understand
the deal very well.

Kindly observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this
transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall
require your assistance to invest my share in your country. Feel free
to call me on my telephone number ( +233 242 313805 ) and also send me
a mail to enable me give you more details.

Mr Kwameh Ibrahim

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