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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:

Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 07:18:01 -0800 (PST)

Branch Manager
International Commercial Bank of Ghana,
Kaneshie Branch.

Dear Friend

This Dr. Mark Williams (Banker) I got your contact through United Nation office bank information center in Accra, Ghana. The branch manager of International Commercial Bank Kaneshie, Accra Ghana. It is my duty to send financial reports to my head on the course of the last year 2005 end of the year's audit reports, I recovered in office account files position Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand US Dollars (US$5,500,000.00) of which my head office is not aware since after the auditory and with good faith I’m assurance you that, the head office will never be aware of it. I have placed this fund in an Escrow call account no: 0661818092 without a beneficiary now.

l have a plans coming month to start up private investment whence my name is among the list for retirement this year December ending(l am 55 years) there was miscalculation of money in my Department and how it happens I don’t know, the Boards of ICB Ltd decided that I will pay the money because I am the Manager of the branch and they decided that they will be deducting money from my salary every month until the money is completed and right now i don't have money to take care of my family. This is my reason for doing this business now.

As the regional manager of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to retrieve this money into your bank account. No matter the cost, let me hears from you l will agree to offer you 30% (part)of the total fund to you if you can keep my trust 70% shall be for me and two other officers in my branch who will assist me register and move the fund to yours account. I do need to assure you that there is no risk involved to this fund. It’s going to be a bank-to-bank transfer. All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund. Then approval will be given immediately to transfer the fund to you as the depositor.

If you accept this 30% offer, I will appreciate your timely response because i want to get this fund out from my bank immediately. Please reach me with good faith on private email:

With regards may God Bless us,

Dr. Mark Williams

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