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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: "Alexander Mould" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 7 Dec 2016 06:05:05 -0800

Dear Sir,
I Know that this email would come as a surprise to you. But I got your esteem particulars through our International Chamber of Commerce and Industries when i was searching for whom i can trust that can help me invest the sum of $7,000,000:00{Seven Million United State Dollars only}.
I am Mr. Alexander Kofi-Mensah Mould. I am the Chief Executive Officer{CEO} Ghana National Petroleum Corporation{GNPC} which is one of the major supplier of Crude Oil to USA and other part of the World.This is pour official website:
There was a Contract Awarded to a Foreign private Company in 2013 to the tune of $500,000,000:00 Million USD and i secretly inserted additional Crude Oil valued at $7,000,000:00Million USD which the Company has sold and deposited my share of the $7,000,000:00 Million USD with a Foreign Bank.
Now, the Bank has contacted our management that the $7Million Dollars is ready for claims, but for the fact that i can not claim the money on my name because i am still a Government official{Civil Servant},We are constitutionally banned from operating Foreign account. I am soliciting your assistance to use my position as the CEO to front you as the original Contractor/beneficiary of the Money. More so, I do not want my People and Government to know that i own such a huge Money, that is why i am asking for your assistance to use your good name and office to help me receive the Money as the Contractor/beneficiary and invest the Funds in your Country.
I have perfected all modalities for the process and the documentation of your name as the Contractor/beneficiary so that when you give me your consent and your details, I would commence the process and it would take about five to seven working days to be completed.
However,for the fact that i am still in service and would not want any one to know about this business, i would implore you to keep this transaction strictly confidential between me and you only. No one else should know about it. But i assure you that this transaction would be done safely and would not infringe on your Country laws.
It is safe and risk free as i would use my position to influence the documentation and the payment of the Funds to your account.
Please reply urgently an or call me on my private Telephone number +233 265621443 for detail discussion.
Mr.Alexander Kofi-Mensah Mould.
Chief Executive officer{CEO}GNPC

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