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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: "Mr. Eric Addo" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 17 May 2016 00:52:47 +0200
Subject: Dear Friend, Good day.

Dear Friend, Good day.

I am Mr. Eric Addo, I am IT manager of Standard Chartered Bank Tema Branch. my late client who died of heart attack in 2014. He deposited $7,400,000.00 with our bank National Commercial Bank Accra Ghana in West Africa. He died without any registered next of kin as he was long divorced and had no child. The bank contacted me and said that they will confiscate his account and money if I fail to present any of his relative.

I contacted you because you are sharing the same family last name and he is citizen of your country you can perfectly handle this transaction and fit in as his next of kin, We can work together to claim this money and share it 50/50. There is no risk involved;the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law.

Kindly get back to me with your information as stated below for more details

Full name:
Contact Address:
Mobile Phone Number:

Kindly reply me through this email address for more details (

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. Eric Addo.

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