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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: "William Agyman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 14:37:09 -0800
Subject: Urgent Assistance

Dear sir/Madam,

I apologize for getting in touch with you in this unsolicited manner but I
do have an urgent business proposition that I would like to discuss with
you. I am a staff in the accounts management section of Financial firm. I
have access to certain funds that needs to be moved out into a safe
account oversee for investment purposes. I am looking to partner with you
to assist me in this. Please note that it is not illegal in any way nor
will either of us be breaking any laws. I am willing to handsomely
compensate you for your assistance. In case you are willing to assist in
the project.

I look forward to hearing from you. Regards,

William Agyman.

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