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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: Wilson Asah <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 16:56:21 -0430 (VET)

Government of Ghana & ECOWAS Tender
Office Accra-Ghana

Dear Supplier,

My name is Wilson Asah . I am a government accredited commission agent, looking for manufacturers in your field, whose products are certified as good quality products. We need different kinds of products that you offer, and you can reach us for effective and efficient business.
Please furnish us with full details of the standards of your products.

We will appreciate it more, if you give us detailed specification, website, and price lists. Also, we would like to know of your payment terms and the difference when we place a large order. Your prompt and detailed response will be appreciated. I await your prompt response.

Agent:Mr. Wilson Asah .

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