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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: Kwame Josephine <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:39:14 +0000
Subject: ***this letter is strictly personal,***

with due respect and regards greetings! For this letter is strictly personal, intimate and confidential. Forgive this unusual manner of contacting you, but this particular letter is of exceptional and very private nature.

There is absolutely going to be a great doubt and distrust in your heart in respect of this email, coupled with the fact that, so many miscreants and impostors (scammers) have taken possession of the internet to facilitate their
nefarious deeds, thereby making it extremely difficult for genuine and legitimate business class persons to get attention and recognition.

I pray that God will grant you the willingness and interest to digest this humble narrations though it might be so surprise and strange to believe my story but i knew by the reason of the almighty you will humbly understood and accept to proceed with my proposal though we have not met or seen each other before.

My Name is Mrs.Josephine Kwame the P.A. to Edward Korbly Doe Adjaho, the Ghana Speaker of the Parliament a reputable and high profile politician in the ruling party (NDC),Dear Sir/Madam, i was ask to contact you by honorable Edward Korbly Doe Adjaho for an investment in your country with the sun of 37,600,000.00.pounds (thirty seven million, six hundred thousand Pounds) please this transaction should be treated with top secret and confidential because of of the personality involve as any expose of this project is likely to affect his political position in Ghana and west can read more about Edward Korbly Doe Adjaho on this site below.

this money was raise from a deal with a Saudi oil company this money is currently deposited in a Volta of a security company here in Ghana because depositing such amount in a bank will expose him that is why he chose to deposit the money in to a security company.please if this mail does not interest you, disregard the mail and delete it, but if it makes sense to you, I open my arms wide to do this business with you.once again this is top secret note that project is 100% risk free.i wait your urgent positive reply,

my private email is (


Mrs. Josephine Kwame
for honorable Edward Korbly Doe Adjaho.

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