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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. Nii Okai Nunoo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 24 Jun 2016 11:26:54 +0100
Subject: Good day to you!!!

Good day to you,

My names are Mr. Nii Okai Nunoo, Area Head of Corporate Affairs in a bank here in Ghana.
I`m contacting you in the high opinion on a business at hand that will privilege both of us
an opportunity for lifetime favor.

There is the sum of $11,500,000.00 (Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) which was unaccounted for as a result of an overdraft from foreign contracts. I have placed this funds on in a nastro-vastro account Account with no beneficiary. As the Auditing and Accounting Manager,it is my duty to send financial report to our Regional Head Quarters.

However, I need your honest assistance and cooperation so I can use my position in the office to channel these funds in your name legally as beneficiary for cash payment and you take 50% as remuneration for your assistance.

If you are interested contact me only at my email with your name, Address and phone number

Mr. Nii Okai Nunoo

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