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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: "Mrs. Jenny Tasky" <>
Date: Sun, 1 May 2016 18:36:05 +0100
Subject: Dear PARTNER, I have transferred those FUNDS and here is your compensation

Dear Friend,

Hope all is well with you and your family, I am using this
opportunity to thank you for your great effort to our unfinished
transaction, I am sorry for presenting and using someone else in your
name to get that transaction successful and finished, due to logistic
reasons and your inconsistency towards the transaction. Right now I
want to inform you that I have successfully cleared the check/fund to
someone else account in London who was capable of assisting me in this
great venture that have been over and successful.

Due to the effort, sincerity, courage and trustworthiness you showed
at the course of this transaction, I want to compensate you and show
my gratitude to you with the sum of (US$850,000.00) Eight Hundred and
Fifty Thousand United State Dollars only. I have authorized my account
manager in Accra republic of Ghana (MR DANU STANLEY) whom I deposited
the international certified bank draft with to send you.

Contact Mr. Danu Stanley for the collection of this international
certified bank draft. His name and contact address is as follows:

Mr. Danu Stanley

At the moment I'm very busy here in the United Kingdom because of the
investment projects which my new partner and I are having at hand.
Finally remember that I have forwarded instructions to Mr. Danu on
your behalf to send the bank cheque to you as soon as you contact him.
Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith as this is
from the bottom of my heart, Thanks and God bless. Hope to hear from
you as soon as you receive the compensation.

Best regards.
Jenny Tasky

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