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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: "Barr James Braden Kodjo" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Aug 2016 14:55:51 +0100

Good Day,

My Name is Barrister. James Braden Kodjo a solicitor to Mrs. Diezani Alison-Madueke former Nigerian petroleum resources minister she has instructed me to seek for reliable partner for investment in your country. she is seeking for a private company or individuals that can manage and invest his funds wisely, she has a huge amount of money here in Ghana which was move through some of her Aide with the help from her some security men while she was still in office as a Minister,the fund is total ($25,000,000) twenty five millions Us Dollar.which is in one of Financial Institution here in Ghana,

Diezani Alison-Madueke,Former Minister of Petroleum Resources,Federal Republic of Nigeria who is presently in UK under house arrest for alleged corrupt practice while in office as Minister of Petroleum Resources,she has agreed a 30% reward to the person who will stand in as a substitute beneficiary to the claim, an additional 10% is set aside to reimburse for expenses in the course of the transaction and the balance of 60% will be invested upon your strong recommendation to my client in your chosen destination of the fund.

Please Read Link for your perusal...

There will be a power of attorney issued and signed by my client to you for the claim of the funds in the institution were the funds has been lodge. I will only give further details if you are interested because this transaction is Highly Confidential.

I look forward for a good business relationship with you.

Best Regards

Barr James Braden Kodjo

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