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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: vincent osei <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 17:41:31 +0000
Subject: With regards.

From Mr. Vincent OseiManager International CommercialBank Ghana , Kaneshie Branch.Greetings to you.I got your contact during my search for a reliable, honest and a trust worthy person to entrust this huge transfer project with. My name is Mr.Vincent Osei. I am the manager of the International Commercial Bank Ghana, Kaneshie Branch. I am a Ghanaian, married with two kids.I am writing to solicit your assistance in the transfer ofUs$3,300.000.00. This fund is the excess of what my branch in which I am the manger made as profit during the last year. I have already submitted an approved end of the year report for the year 2006 to my head office here in Accra and they will never know of this excess. I have since then, placed this amount of us$3,300.000.00 on an escrow account Without a beneficiary.As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money; thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money into your bank account. I intend to part 30% of this fund to you while 70% shall be for me. The transaction (scheme) is risk free and the money will be transferred to your designated account throughbank-to-bank transfer via telegraphic wire transfer.All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of thisfund.If you accept this offer, I will appreciate your timely response.With regards, Mr. Vincent Osei.
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