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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.Prosper Willson" <>
Date: Fri, 03 Mar 2023 13:02:13 -0800
Subject: Re:Re:Profitable Investment !!

Hello Friend,


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 Willso=
n a Bank Branch Manager in Ghana,I have a business proposal worth of $10,50=
0.000.00 that will benefit both of us and for our future,

I contacted you because I cannot be directly involve.because am still work=
ing with the Financial Institution as the Branch Manager.but am here to gui=
de you throughout the completion of the transaction to any account of your = assuring you that it is %100 Risk Free from you with good benefit=
for both of us.

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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