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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: "DANSO PHILIP.Q" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Oct 2014 15:03:34 -0000
Subject: MY TRANSACTION/16/10/2014



My name is Danso Philip.Q, Esq. I am a Barrister, Solicitor and Financial Advocate based in the Republic of Ghana West Africa. I write to present a Private Business Deal for your consideration.

My client has privately acquired the sum of US$240,000,000.00 (Two Hundred and Forty Million USD only) from the Government of Republic of Ghana. We are looking for someone that is able to receive this amount comfortably without hitches. If you are interested, send me your telephone numbers for discussion of this offer in full details. Your Commission is 25% of the aforementioned amount.

Yours Truly,

Danso Philip.Q

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