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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: "Ado Kwame" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 11 Aug 2017 16:16:02 -0700
Subject: Greetings


I feel good dealing with you after i went through your profile on the
internet, I am Mr. Ado Kwame from Ghana West Africa. A customer of our
bank who may related to you (perhaps) from your country died two years ago
with a heart problem leaving behind an amount of $15,700,000.00 (Fifteen
Million Seven Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in a prime bank
where I work as a Branch Manager. Till date nobody has come forward or put
an application for the claim.

During the bank general searched recently for the late gentle man
relatives, your name and email contact was among the finding names that
matches the same surname of the deceased (name WITH HELD for security
reason) who died interstate with no Will or next of kin. To maintain the
Level of Security required, I intentionally Left out the Final details.

I urge you to Come forward Since I can Provide to you with the details
needed for you to claim the Amount so that we can Share it among Our
Selves, in this Way 40% for you and 60% for me and vetting Bank Head
Officer who will do all the Crucial Part in the Bank to have the Fund
Release to you promptly. To AFFIRM your willingness and Co-operation.

Please kindly reply me through this email:


Mr. Ado Kwame

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