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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr.Prosper Willson." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 7 Jul 2022 07:35:40 -0700
Subject: Re:Investment Proposal Th


Compliment of the day,Please am soliciting for your kind and humble advice for an investment partnership in your country.My name is Mr.Prosper Willson a Bank Branch Manager in Ghana,I have a business proposal worth of $10,500.000.00 that will benefit the both of us.which will make our life better in the nearest future,I wish to discuss with you.I am interested to transfer and invest in your country through your assistance if possible.

I contacted you because I cannot be directly involve.because am still working with the Financial Institution as the Branch Manager.but am here to guide you throughout the completion of the transaction to any account of your assuring you that it shall be a happy ending.with your co-operation and if you are ready to work with me trust,faith and in confidence.because it is %100 Risk Free from you,

Please if you are Interested you can contact me through my private E-mail for More Details:

Best regards,

Wishing you best of luck and good health

Mr.Prosper Willson.

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