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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: "John Acheampong" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 14:40:35 +0100
Subject: ATTN: SIR..

Dear Sir:

The Management and Administration of CUSTOMERS NUMBERED ACCOUNTS are directly under my Portfolio. Numbered Account is a Bank Account in which the Account Owner is identified by a Coded Numbers instead of a Name. Numbered accounts are used for discretion, and have a reputation of protecting Money Launderers and other Criminals. This Account is opened to people of High Profile in the Society.

Recently I discovered in my Bank a Numbered Account totaling US$121,740,000.00 (One Hundred and Twenty One Million, Seven Hundred and Forty Thousand US Dollars Only) by which the Beneficiary has not operated for a period of 14 years. There are no traces to the Funds Owner and anyone with the Account Coded Numbers will have the funds claimed without any legal implication attached. I would like to work with you only if interested so as to claim the aforementioned fund on a Sharing Ratio of 50/50.If you are interested, kindly send me your telephone

number for more details.

Truly Yours,

John Acheampong

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