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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. kwa" <>
Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2019 20:49:27 +0200

Attention pls,

I am Kwame Issan, presently the current Manager of National Westminster Bank Capital (London. I need a reliable and honest person to handle a very confidential transaction. If you have a solid business project plan of making good profit in any viable business sector in your Country, please write me back for business co-operation. I have USD$10.2M which was realized from an oil Merchant /contractor, before his sudden death some years ago which we can use for investment or establishing a profitable company/ business.

I made sure this money was saved successfully with instruction waiting for a perfect period to get a good and reputable person that can assist me to transfer the money out from this country for business investment.
I am assuring you 100% free involvement from any risk. Your share would be 30% of the total amount. While the rest 70% would be for me, which I can invest in your country. Kindly get back to me if you are capable and ready.

Kwame Issan,
National Westminster Bank
TEL. +447700029586

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