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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: "Bang" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 16 Jul 2018 18:33:31 -0700

Dear Please.

My name is Mosimi Jacob Banga and I am from Ivory Coast. Presently I live in Accra Ghana with my mother due to the recent political crisis in my country that took the life of my father who was a Politician in my country Ivory Coast. I got your contact from the Refugee camp here in Ghana, and I am contacting you because of my desire to complete my Study, Invest and to buy a Living house in your country. I have One Metallic Trunk Box that is presently in United Kingdom, which supposed to be deliver to our foreign partner Mr. Lambert Major, but due to his greedy attitude, I have to call the Courier Diplomat to stop the delivery.

When my father was alive, he travelled to Accra Ghana to buy gold and to store it on my behalf, because he was not sure of the end of his political live. He succeeded in buying only 20 KG , so he decided to concealed the 20 KG Gold and the balance $7.5 million USD in a trunk box and deposited it in a security company in Accra Ghana on my behalf.My mother and I where allowed by the Security company to inspect the truck box, after which I paid for the demurrages and custom charges and also for the shipment of the trunk box to the United Kingdom or any part of the world. I have paid all charges covering the consignment.

I told Mr. Lambert that I would give him 25% percent of the total amount of $7.5 million United States Dollars in the trunk box. he agreed, but when the box gets to Heathrow Airport in London UK, he called and told me that if he receives the consignments, we have to split the fund and Gold equally, so he will have to take 50%. My mother refused and we ask the Courier Diplomat to stop the delivery to Mr. Lambert Major.Please, help us to receive the trunk box, so that my mother and I can come and live with you so that I can continue my studies and my mother can invest our share in your country. Now the trunk box is at the Heathrow Airport in London. Please get back to me so that I can send you the name and telephone number of the diplomat in London UK.

Waiting for your urgent reply. always contact through this email:
May God bless you.
Mosimi Jacob Banga.

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