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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: "Jorge & Moses" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2018 12:06:24 +0100
Subject: [*** SPAM ***] DETECTED BY WEBMAIL.IPV.PT reply.

I am Jorge Moses (Esq) Lawyer to Philips Sedgwick the Chief Executive Officer of Medina Gold Mining Co. Ltd Ghana, who made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US Eight Million United States Dollars only in a Bank.
Then upon maturity on November 21st 2016 as his Lawyer I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address at Box 14191 Accra Central , Prestea, Ghana but got no reply. After a month, I sent a reminder and finally I discovered that Philips Sedgwick the CEO of Medina Gold Mining Co. Ltd Ghana who died of Auto Crash in the City of Accra 18th of March 2016.

Further investigations, and all attempts to trace his Next of Kin was proved abortive/fruitless. Again, I made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Philips Sedgwick did not declare any Next of Kin or relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork.

Consequently, I want you to stand as the Next of Kin to Late Mr. Philips Sedgwick and Apply for Onward Transfer of the Funds to your Bank Account. This is simple, I will like you to respond immediately with your full contact details so that we will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits that will put you in place as the Next of Kin. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 50% for me and 50% for you in the course of the transaction.

There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this project will be done and process legally in court on your behalf and with my position as his Lawyer, I guarantee the successful execution of the Transfer.
I am looking forward to hear from you.

Jorge Moses.

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