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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: "benemor" <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 07:06:32 +0100

MISS. NYAME O. BENEMOR BRANCH MANAGRESS FILES AND RECORDS INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK ACCRA GHANA. Dear Sir, I am Miss Benemor Nyame currently i am the Branch Managress Records and Files of the International Commercial Bank here in Accra Ghana. Few days certain young man who claimed to be House Servant to a foreigner from Guatemala in Centre America work into my office with the below Attach Original Documents Certificates covering a deposit of the total sum of $1.6M USD ( One Million and Six Hundred Thousand USA Dollars) in my Bank. This young came with the intention of having this whole funds withdrawn from this Bank, but it is unfortunately that international banks laws does not permit such a withdrawal, this is because the said funds was deposited in this Bank by a citizen of Guatemala in Centre America name Mr. Gonzalez Cifuentes. After a proper interrogation of this young man, He confessed to me that his master Mr. Dhanraj Bhashi was involved in a car accident since last
year, this young man also confessed to me that his late master Mr. Gonzalez Cifuentes has no wife or children. As a result of this young man confession i personally contacted the American/Guatemala High Commission to Ghana with the aim of getting more facts about this late depositor, but the America/Guatemala High Commission to Ghana after a months of investigations could not actually locate the real family/relatives of this late Mr. Gonzalez Cifuentes. The Ghana Police and INTERPOL (International Police) has been contacted as well but no one could locate any of this late man's family and friends, although no one know about this money in my Bank except this House Boy to whom i have cautioned to remained quiet about disclosing this funds secret to other people. This young has agreed to co-operate with me about this funds withdrawal from my Bank, But there is a major problem here, this problem is only a foreigner from out side Ghana favourably Centre America or Guatemala, who
can come for this funds claims, this is the initial agreement between this Bank and the late depositor Mr. Gonzalez Cifuentes . What i want from you now is for you to forward your complete personal to me scan copy of your International Passport, your Contact Address,your personal Mobil Phone No. your Bank Account No., your Bank name and your Bank Address and City. This will enable me look for a lawyer to represent you here in Ghana, so that this lawyer can draft the Affidavit Will Certificate from the Ghana High Court of Justice,this Affidavit for Next of Kin from the Ministry of Justice Ghana shall make you the legal beneficiary of this funds. In order to removed further doubts from you about the truthfulness of this matter i have Attached scan copy International Passport of the late Mr. Gonzalez Cifuentes Erwin Hernan which he submitted to my Bank Management when he was about to deposit this funds. I also Attach a scan copy of all original Documents of Deposit and last Statemen
t of Account Balance of this late Mr. Gonzalez Cifuentes which he used in depositing this funds in this Bank. This deal is 100% risk free as i am a key figure in this Bank, i will destroyed all evidence records from this Bank Management as soon as this funds is remitted to you in your country,after which i shall quit my job and travel out of Ghana and join you in your country, i will open an investment with my share of this funds through your assistance once i arrived in your country along with this House Servant to the late Mr. Gonzalez Cifuentes. I and my partner the House Servant has agreed on the following percentage share : 30% for you and 30% to this House Servant and 30% for me, the remaining 10% is for the payment of lawyer and every other expenses, remember that nobody here in Ghana can take or remove from this funds except a foreigner out side Africa. This foreigner must have the Attach Documents on him as a proof hence i Attach them across to you for you to forward to the la
wyer whom i am going to hire once i received your reply mail with all details requested fully send to me. Awaiting your urgent reply Yours Sincerely Miss Nyame O. Benemor Files/Records Managress International Commercial Bank Accra Ghana

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