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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: "S.K.Mills" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 19 Jul 2013 05:09:25 -0400
Subject: Greetings to you

Greetings to you

I am Samuel Kofi Atta Mills 24years of age,
I am the son of the late President of Ghana Professor John Evans Atta Mills
As i will like to discussed a mutual business transaction that would benefit the both of us as this is
100% risk free.This is of utmost important and need urgent attention and if interested do
Kindly reply strictly to my personnel Email: ( As above

Thanks and God bless as i look forward to hear from you Asap.

Yours Sincerely,
Samuel Kofi Atta Mills

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