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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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Fraud email example:

From: barrister john charmber <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 16:20:52 -0700

barrister john mensah charmbers
Firm & Legal solicitors
Private Accra,Ghana
Phone: +233-274-282-473

Attention My Compliment to you.

It is my pleasure to contact you for this transaction during my search
where i got your contact and i decided to contact you to know if you
can co-operate with me to do this business and be sure this is going to
be done legally.
However, I am Advocate john mensh (esq.).A personal attorney to my
late client Mr. Mohd Faruk Sabri who was among of the Tsunami
Earthquake victim with his family in the year 2004. Late Mr. Mohd
Faruk Sabri worked with an oil firm here in Ghana but unfortunately
Mr. Mohd Faruk Sabri with his entire family was involved in the
Tsunami Earthquake 2004, please read the news from the webs ( OR )
I am contacting you for the fact that Mr. Mohd Faruk Sabri left a
deposit of ($4.800 000 00 million Dollars) with a bank here in a
favor to a foreign business associate. This incident has resulted that
this deposit has nobody available to come for the claim of this money
as no one is left from the family to make the claim and the bank have
been expecting somebody to come for the claim of this money but no one
is else to do the claim.
The bank now have been expecting for some body to come for the claim
and this is why I have contacted you to stand for me and apply for the
claim of this money as the foreign business associate to late Mr. Mohd
Faruk Sabri since the bank can not release this money unless somebody
apply for the release as the foreign business partner to Late Mr. Mohd
Faruk Sabri who expect to receive this money from Mr. Mohd Faruk Sabri
before his death.

My Dear, I need your cooperation in claiming this money for me as the
foreign business partner to my late client late Mr. Mohd Faruk Sabri
as no beneficiary is found to make the claim since all the family was
death from the Earthquake and be rest assured that everything
concerning this transaction shall be LEGALLY done without hitch, as i
was the deceased Personal LAWYER and all the relevant documents of
this deposit were kept under my care. Please endeavor to observe the
utmost discretion in all matter concerning this issue, as I hope that
you will be sincere, honest and capable to hold this transaction for
our mutual benefit.
Once the funds have been successfully transferred to you, we shall
share it in a ratio of 40% for you, 60% for me.
Immediately i hear from you indicating your full interest to do this
transaction with me, i will send you all documents prove and will
instruct you on the step to make this claim from the bank.

I anticipated your full co-operation.
Kind regards,
Barrister john mensah

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