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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: "Roger Manfold" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 30 Mar 2016 05:48:44 -0300
Subject: Information Request .. Urgent!

General of Police (IGP)
Direct Mobile: + 233-265158257


Attention and listen very carefully,

My name is Inspector Roger Manfold , have a suspect by name Mr.Kickliter George Paul United States, the suspect is currently in our police custody for conspiracy and fraudulent activities.They where it is suspected to have agreed with Barrister Kwame Kwate to sign their funds / her custody provision of a death certificate claiming they are death, and that before his death Mr.Kickliter you named George Paul of the United States as its closest relative and partner business, singeing his lawyer saying he authorized to pay the fees required by the government of Ghana and withdraw the total amount if it happens that they do not in the hospital.We also discovered some false documents that declared the release of the funds / item that was why we get the arrested first of all follow the due process.

Are you still alive? If so, you have to return to this office immediately, go ahead and find an attached copy of the suspect if you are still alive and contact us immediately to confirm if you are the authorized Mr.Kickliter George Paul United States of America, which in united Sates of passport attach to the message, and the suspect image Barritser Kwame Kwate .After official confirmation by our device BN-9 machine to check through the shipping carton in which the X-Ray Scan result that has already left and shipment will be delivered to you if still alive, as soon as you reply to my email or any member of your family for reference purposes.

We are waiting to hear from you as soon as possible so we can make our decision on this urgent matter and if we do not hear from you within five working days to the demand of the law, then we will release them.

Your mmediate response and the call is now needed.

Best regards.

Inspector Roger Manfold
Mobile: + 233-554118455

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