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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.Timothy Opari" <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 07:17:27 -0400

Dear Sir/Madam,

We are interested in purchasing your products and we sincerely hope to
establish a long-term business relation with your company. if you are
interested for the on-going Tender for the supply of your products in
large quantity to the Government of Ghana.,Kindly send us your
products price list and specification to enable us give you the
required quantity.I am accredited agent.

We are looking for a reliable Supplier who can meet our regular
timely;delivery/shipment after receiving full payment.Other business
conditions shall be discussed as you reply.Wishing you a good business

Best Regards,
Mr.Timothy Opari,
Email (

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