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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. Peter Mensah" <>
Date: Mon, 13 Jul 2020 20:55:15 -0700
Subject: Waiting to hear from you

Dear Friend ,
My name is Mr.Peter Mensah , bill and exchange manager with a bank here
in Accra Ghana, Permit my intention to solicit for your mutual
support / cooperation to claim and transfer the sum of USD$10.652 Million
from a domiciliary account in my office.
Full details regarding all modalities for the smooth claim and transfer of
the total amount successfully shall be furnished to you
upon the receipt of your reply mail and information's below.
If you are interested, kindly forward your personal information's as
follows to my private email address
Full name. -
Address. -
Telephone / Fax number. -
Marital Status. -
Profession. -
Age. -
Waiting to hear from you,
Sincerely yours,
Mr.Peter Mensah

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