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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: "Dr.Jeremiah Addo Adams" (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 03:23:12 +1000
Subject: Dear Sir,

Dr.Jeremiah Addo Adams

Dear Sir,
Compliment of the. my name is Dr.Jeremiah Addo Adams and my wife is Mrs Grace Adams,she works with the Ghanaian Custom service, and now she is in possession of 220kg of gold intercepted from smuggler here in our Airport Kotoka International Airport.and because of the quantity of the Gold,we decided to have it send abroad for sale, this is why I am contacting you to know if you will work with me in moving the gold to your Country for sale.

Upon your acceptance I will send you the particulars of the transaction sheet to be changed into your name and then you make arrangement for visiting here to enable us work together with my wife and ship the goods to your Country, but whereby you can not be able to come down here, we will work out the modalities to ship the goods to anywhere of your choice, to sell and return our share to us through the account she will provide.

But she will also requires you to send your passport or driving license to her for proper identification in order to know whom she is dealing with and be sure of it's safety.I will attach here the picture of my wife for your perusal and will give her phone number to you later.

You will get 23%of the deal after you sell the gold and we will have 75% of the deal, the remaining 2% will be for the expenses in cured in the transaction

Thanks for sparing your tight schedule for me.

Sincerely yours
Dr.Jeremiah Addo Adams

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