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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: Mike Robert <>
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2017 18:07:06 +0000

Hello dear,

Having review all the obstacles and problems surrounding the transfer
of your ($1,500,000.00 USD)Two Million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars and your inability to meet up with the requirement
due to the past Delivery Options, We the Board of Directors of Magnum
Security company has ordered International commercial bank of Ghana
to transfer the money direct to you. so contact Mr. Kofi Adams via
email address ( ) give him your information
where you want the money to be paid into, the only money you will
send to them is $50.00 dollars which is for activation of the escrow
account which your $1,500,000.00 was deposited.

Contact Mr. Adams now and let us know when you receive the money in
your account.

Best regard.
Mike Robert.

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