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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: "Mr. Joe Gadisu" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 12:30:36 -0700
Subject: Re: From Mr. Joe Gadisu.

My Dear Friend,
I anticipate that you read this mail quickly and let me know your opinion or willingness on this classified information that I will release to you.
I am Mr.Joe Gadisu a citizen of Ghana working for the Standard Chartered Bank Accra-Ghana Branch. This is a business proposal for your involving a huge sum of money 7.5 million Dollars, (Seven Million Five Hundred Thousand Us Dollars). I want to move the funds out of my Bank but am seeking for your help and cooperation,Please reply me back. Please keep this very confidential and forward to me in your response the me with My Private email address is [] Am awaiting to hear from you.
1. Full Name
2. Your Telephone Number and Fax Number
3. Your Contact Address.
4. Occupation:
5. Sex/ Marital Status:
Please note that all necessary arrangement for the smooth release of these funds to you has been finalized.I will discuss more in details when I do receive your response.
Thank you in advance and may God bless you and your family.
Best regards
Mr. Joe Gadisu

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