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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: "Kassan Yusuf" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2018 14:42:28 -0700
Subject: Re:Investment Possibilities

NHO Children Center Accra-Gh

Attention Honorable,
How are you doing today?, I hope you find your self in good health, if so glory be to the almighty Allah (God).

My name is Mr.Kassan Yusuf, I am a citizen of Sudan residence here in Ghana, I am the CEO of New Hope orphanage in Accra-Ghana, I also use this office as N.G.O to help refugees from Syria,Afghanistan Yemen, Sudan, Kenya, Sierra Leon, Chad, Congo, Ivory Coast and beyond, we have more than 1700 refugees currently with us, most of them are sick with deadly disease and we are doing our best to help them.

Out of these 1700 refugees 324 of them arrived here with some metallic boxes containing gold and cash, right now we have 3 tones of gold (3000kg) and 800 million dollars in cash consignment, this cash was looted from the Sudan PRINTING and MINTING company during the war between the government and opposition Mr. John Garang who died on plane crash.

The numbers of refugees who come in with this cash are fighters loyal to the former rebels/refugees, when then arrive here with this cash I went ahead and deposited all the consignment with an International Security Firm here in Accra-Ghana, right now we are looking for a partner who can help us to invest this money in U.A.E,U.S.A,LONDON,CHINA, CANADA,AUSTRALIA,FRANCE,and any good country for investment

We need companies or competent individual who can help us with the investment and relocate all the goods and the refugees to Dubai, we prefer Dubai because they have one of the best economy in the world now, we can also accept investing in your country once we find out that your economy is goods and you are capable to handle this huge Project

The gold will be sold and the money will be added to the 800 million before we can figure out the exact amount to be invested, please get back to me with your direct line so that I can call you for more details because we are planning to relocate all the goods to Dubai before the by this month.
I look forward to read from you,

Thanks and have a nice day,

Kind Regards,
Mr.Kassan Yusuf,CEO
Newhope orphanage Center

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