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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: Amirah Mohy <>
Date: Mon, 29 Nov 2021 02:58:19 -0800
Subject: HI

Dearest One.

Thanks for the opportunity to be your friend, I know this mail will come to
you as a surprise since we have not met or had a previous
correspondence,please bear with me. I would really like to have a good
relationship with you. I have a special reason why I decided to contact you.

I decided to contact you because of the urgency of my situation here, I am
Ms Amirah Mohy,22 years old girl from Republic of Ghana, the only daughter
of Late Dr Nana Mohy the former minister of Agriculture under leadership of
former president John Atta Mills.My father died on the 11th of April 2020
after he tested positive of coronavirus.

I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment I am receiving
from my step mother. She planned to take away all my late father's treasury
and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father.

Meanwhile I wanted to escape to Europe but she hid away my international
passport and other valuable traveling documents. Luckily she did not
discover where I kept my father’s File which contains important documents'
decided to run to the refugee camp where I am presently seeking asylum
under the United Nations High Commission for the Refugee here in
Ouagadougou,Republic of Burkina Faso.I wish to contact you personally for a
long term business relationship and investment assistance in your Country.

My father of blessed memory deposited the sum of US$7.200, 000.00 in the
Bank with my name as the next of kin. However, I shall forward you with the
necessary documents on confirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the
transfer and investment of the fund in your country,As you will help me in
an investment, and I will like to complete my studies as I was in my first
year in the university when the crisis started.

As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will
put things into action immediately. In the light of the above, I shall
appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to
handle this transaction sincerely. I am Awaiting your urgent and positive
response. Please do keep this only to yourself please i beg you not to
disclose it till i come over once the fund has been transferred.


Yours, Amirah Mohy.

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