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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: "Thomas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:56:30 +1000


Dear Sir,

I am writing to notify you that I need your consent with respect to payment of US$16,500,000.00 in (ICB)
International Commercial Bank Accra Ghana belonging to a deceased customer whose name is not stated in
this mail for reasons of privacy. My last check on Investor's deposits revealed an in active account with
the above stated amount belonging to a deceased customer.

The records for this deposit showed no beneficiary in the event of death of the depositor. I want you to act
as the beneficiary of the funds and I would like to meet you face to face for verbal discussion, there is no
risk involves, note that the money is going to be shared between me and you, I am going to offer you 30%
of the total sums why 60% will be for me and the 10% will be set aside for the remittance.

For further inquiries/interest in this claim, send to me immediately your full name as they are in your driver's
license or international passport, your mobile telephone number, your fax number if confidential and your
contact address for the legal documentations of this claim. In receipt of your positive response,
I will update you with the entire legal requirement for this claim.

Yours faithfully

David Thomas
Tel. +233-279-278-106

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