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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: "Will you give commission?" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 22 Feb 2022 12:49:26 -0000
Subject: Can You Supply to Africa?

Good morning,

My name is John Apiah Mensah, I outsources Goods Products and Services to our incorporations. I am contacting you to know if, I can introduce you to our Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for a products supply and after the supply we share the profit together on commission basis.

If you are interested could you kindly reply with your contact information's in other to enable us discuss further on the business modalities.

Yours sincerely,

Mr. John Apiah Mensah.

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