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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: Andrew kwesi <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jun 2016 02:19:09 +0100

I am looking for a reliable and honest person (Business intellectual)
who must have good knowledge about INVESTMENT PROJECTS, in the area of
estate commercial building projects and 3 stars Hotel projects.

Here is brief introduction of myself: I am ANDREW KWESI, from
Ghana in West Africa. I plan to invest into a 3 Stars Hotel Project
and also building of estate commercial houses at a good neighbor hood
in your country or elsewhere at (free tax zone place) This money
(US$38.000, 000) Thirty eight million United States dollars, are
currently deposited at a private account somewhere? For safe keeping,
This fund was a gratification & compensation from a company I assisted
in a bid for a contract. Now I propose to invest about $20 million
into building of 3 stars hotel and putting $5 million, into building
of estate commercial houses. These fund can be transfer into your
company’s or personal account for the aforementioned projects, after
building a mutual good business relationship with you and trusting you
to handle such projects on my behalf and family. However, I am
prepared to offer you 20% of my total funds ($38 million, in good
faith) to enable you work with me in honesty. If you are prepared to
partner with me and handle such projects, then your immediate reply
will be needed together with your full contacts information. You can
contact me direct on this email address above. Awaiting your reply.

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