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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 Ackah Esq" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 1 Mar 2017 01:45:50 +0100
Subject: Good MORNING

Hello Dear,
I am John Ackah, a Legal Practitioner and Senior Associate at John-Ackah Law Trust Company. I am here to solicit for your professionalism should this offer interests you. I had a Politician Client from my Country, Republic of Ghana who mandated me to source for someone with more experience in Trading, Real-estate Investments and Financial Management, that can have his funds invested judiciously with moderate annual returns, but it was so unfortunate that he died last year August after brief illness.
The expected amount for investment is total sum of $12,000,000.00 (Twelve Million American Dollars) already deposited as (Investment-Funds) with UBA Bank here in Accra Ghana before he passed away. If you are ready, willing and able to handle investment projects of this volume, then we can work together in this project, hence no one else know about this funds. Let me wait to hear from you at  or . .
God bless you.
Yours sincerely,
Barr. (Dr) John Ackah, Esq

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