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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: Godfred Akwesi <>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 06:12:07 +0000
Subject: Business

Dear friend,

My name is Godfred Akwesi, I am the manager of
International Commercial bank of Ghana koforidua
branch in the eastern region of Ghana.

I write you this Letter in good faith; I am 47 years
old with three kids. I have packaged a transaction
that will benefit you and me as the branch manager of
the International Commercial bank it is my duty to
send a report to my head office in the capital city
Accra at the end of each year business. On the course
of the last two years 2004 business report, I
discovered that my branch in which I am the manager
made Twenty five million USD($25,000,000.00) which
my head office are not aware of and will never be aware of it.

I have deposited this funds on what we call fixed call
account with no beneficiary. As the branch manager of
this bank I can not be directly connected to this
money, so my contacting you to this transaction is to
assist me receive this funds in your bank account and
get 30% of the total funds as your own share.

If you agree to assist me, I will immediately program
your full informations in the computer system here in
my own branch as an account owner in International
Commercial bank of Ghana. It will be a bank-to-bank
transfer, and all I need from you is to stand claim as
the original depositor of these funds who made the
deposit with my branch so that my head office will
immediately order the transfer to your designated bank

If you accept to work with me I will appreciate it
very much. my email address is
email me if you think we can work as a partner so that
I will give you all the informations about this funds

Thank you in advance as you cooperate with me and God
bless you.


Godfred Akwesi

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