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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: Thu, 8 Sep 2022 22:47:35 -0700
Subject: Urgent Information

Dear Sir/Ma ,
My name is Mr. Peter Mensah , bill and exchange manager in one of the leading
Bank in Ghana, Permit my intention to solicit for your mutual support
/ cooperation to claim 250 Kilograms of Gold Bars 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:
Full name. -
Address. -
Telephone / Fax number. -
Marital Status. -
Profession. -
Age. -
Waiting to hear from you,
Sincerely yours,
Mr. Peter Mensah

フルネーム。 -
住所。 -
電話/ファックス番号。 -
配偶者の有無。 -
職業。 -
年。 -

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