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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mrs. Efua Agyeman" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 31 Mar 2017 01:08:21 +0200
Subject: Possible Spam : Investment Partnership

Dear Friend,

I am Mrs. Efua Agyeman. a branch bank manager here in Ghana. After several official inquiries from the foreign trade office of our Chambers of Commerce and Industry, I decided to contact you directly for assistance. I have the sum of Twenty Four Million, Two Hundred Thousand US Dollars which I would like to transfer into your account and invest in your country if possible in any lucrative business that will be very profitable such as real estate.

I made this money out of my branch office excess profit. I choose you because I cannot be directly involved for I am still working with the bank, I hope you can understand my situation and assist me to receive and invest this money properly as this is my only hope. You will get 30% of the total fund as commission for your co-operation while 70% will be for me. Reply me immediately on my alternative e-mail address: for more details.

I need your immediate response for more details.

With regards,
Mrs. Efua Agyeman.
Telephone: +233548329543

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