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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: "John Addo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2017 13:53:57 -0800
Subject: Re:Thanks


Please forgive me for my mail as you might not be in the best mood to receive this mail, I really need your urgent assistance/partnership, My name is Mr.John Addo a branch bank manager. I decided to contact you directly for an assistance and advice to invest in your country.

You may be surprise how did i got your contact,Well I got your contact through a reliable source called database through countries chambers of commerce.I am writing to solicit your support and partnership in the transfer of US$10,900,000.00 Dollars.

I am interested to transfer and invest in your country through your assistance and support only if you will be willing work with me. This money US$10,900,000.00 originated escrow account of late customer of the bank without a next of kin for over four (4)years now. I choose to seek your assistance because I cannot be directly involve because I am still working with the bank as a branch manager, I hope you can understand my situation why your assistance/partnership with me to receive and invest this money properly is urgently needed as I see this as an opportunity and hope for early retirement to private business.

Please kindly get back to me as soon as possible for more details EMAIL but if you are not interested kindly ignore and move on thanks.

Best regards,
Mr.John Addo.

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