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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: "Mr. Donkor Ankamah" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 12 Aug 2017 11:19:42 -0700
Subject: Re; Good News.

Notification mail.
We are into facilitating loan or direct investment within lenders/investors and projects owners or borrowers that need funding for their various projects etc. We give opportunities for projects owner notwithstanding the kind of projects. Projects such as Real Estate Project, Construction Projects, Government contract Projects, Transportation Projects, Aviation Projects, Telecommunication Projects, Import and Export Projects etc.
With a portfolio of more than 600 million United States Dollars we are very ready to take a good look at your projects and facilitate the whole process.
Kindly contact ASAP me if you have projects that need funding.
Donkor Ankamah

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