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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: "Henry Olds" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 17 Sep 2016 15:56:25 -0700
Subject: Re: Good Day Your Urgent Advice Need As Regards To My Gold--Q

Good Day Dearest

I am very sorry to bother you with my plight. Please know that it's not by mistake I am contacting you but by the special grace of God. My name is Henry Olds from Sudan.
and the last son of (late Chief Jonathan Olds} My father was the Ambassador of Sudan to Libya three years ago before he came to Ghana where he finally died.presently I am staying in Accra Ghana.

I came to know you in the course of my search for a reliable and God fearing partner and I decide to contact you because I believe you are a reputable person and I felt you can help me over this issue.
I count on your integrity and honesty to be able to handle this business.

I have two boxes presently in Dubai with a shipping company which was meant to be deliver to my late father foreign partner Mr Jah Ahmed, who was to receive this
boxes. The boxes contains 50kg of Gold each which is meant for investment purpose.

I am asking for your assistance to stand as my foreign partner and beneficiary and receive the boxes on my behalf as my foreign partner because .Mr Jah Ahmed is demanding for 70% for himself and 30% for me after the initial agreement for her to take 20%. and help invest the rest

I am ready and willing to give you 20% from the total value for your assistance and you will help me standing as my guardian because that was the initial agreement my late father had with his partner, Mr Jah Ahmed,

The boxes is in the custody of the company and the company is standing on the bond that my late father had with the management that the boxes should be release to my beneficiary and since Mr Jah Ahmed want to take advantage of my situation as a refugee because as a refugee here in Ghana you have no right to own any property so i am counting in you complete trust.

Please i want you to get back to me through this email :

Expecting your soonest respond

Thank you and God bless you.


Henry Olds

God Bless You

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