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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: "Christopher P" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Nov 2019 12:15:26 -0700
Subject: Message From Christopher Poise Zcn

Good day,
My name is Christopher Poise I am a financial broker by profession. I have an important business I want to propose to you therefore go through this email carefully and get back to me.
In the year 2011 during the political crisis in Libya, I was consulted by one of my old client an oil magnate and ex minister of petroleum being a strong ally to deposed Libyan president Muammar Gaddaffi. My client sought for my assistance to move 20 kilograms of Gold Dore Bars with cash of US$4 Million dollars to a security vault abroad when it became clear to him that Gaddaffi will be ousted from the seat of power.
I made the necessary arrangements with an offshore security vault and the 20 kilograms of Gold and cash was moved out safely and was placed under their custody with open beneficiary name on it because my client didn't want his name mentioned due to his political status at the time.
Now prior to the expiration of the deposit agreement we had with the security vault house, the vault company has called on my urgent attention to furnish them with the details of the depositor's co beneficiary to enable them handover the the deposit but unfortunately my client was assassinated few years ago in an unknown circumstances. Please check the report of his death on BBC news world-europe-17889660
Now I am seeking for your assistance to present you to the vault house as the co beneficiary and recipient of the deposit to enable them release thm to us.
I decided to do this because I cannot forfeit this deposit to the finance house considering the fact that no other individual or person is aware of this deposit except me and my deceased client.
Your role is to pose as the foreign investor of my late client and co beneficiary of the deposit and I will instruct the vault company to release the deposit to us and after that we share everything 50% for you and 50% for me.
As you can see from the above explanation, everything about this transaction is 100% legitimate and will never bring trouble of any kind now and after the completion of the transaction.
If you are ready to work with me kindly indicate your interest of coming down to Accra Ghana and provide me your direct telephone number for verbal discussion.
I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely
Christopher Poise

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