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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: "Ebenezer N. Essoka" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 19:15:07 +0430
Subject: From Professor:

Standard Chartered Bank
Accra High Street ,
P. O. Box 768
Accra Ghana

Dear Friend

I am Ebenezer N. Essoka (Professor), Chief Executive Officer Standard Chartered Bank Ghana , I am contacting you in respect of a portfolio amounting to $4,500,000.00 USD (four million, five hundred thousand United States Dollar only) deposited by a Malaysia national, named A. L. Mohad, a stock brokers.

A. L. Mohad died in Pulkovo Airlines plane crash on 24th day of August 2006, please read attached website for details;


On the 18th of February 2004 the bank deceased customer deposited $4,500,000.00USD (four million, five hundred thousand United States Dollar only) under our portfolio management department for three years fix deposit and the deposit matured on the 18th of March 2007 with 40% growths which amounted to a total of $6,300,000.00 USD (Six million, three hundred thousand United States Dollar only).

Our late customer who died in plane crash in city of Donetsk-Ukrainian deposited his funds in our establishment while he was concluding divorcing his wife after 28years barrenness, though I advice him as a close friend to quash the case and continue with his marriage but he bent, he was an orphan and told me in confident that come 2010 he will be an intentional philanthropist and as none predict tomorrow death jeopardize his dream.

Upon the maturity of his asset based the management of our bank started making contacts for his instruction but all the efforts was to no avail and I was able to do enquire about him and his lawyer gives unsuccessful information, he have no next of kin to his deposited funds in our bank and the other properties he acquired and all necessary documents relating to the funds is in my possession as his confidant.

According to the financial law in Accra Ghana , West Africa the government has a legal right to revert the funds after six years unserviceable of deposit to the government treasury for financing military operations and technology.

In order to avert this negative development, I will like to seek for your permission to stand as the next of kin to our deceased customer so that the fruits of his labor will not be use for financing weapons which will further enhance the courses of war in the world in general.

Upon your acceptance to execute this transaction with me, 35% will be giving to you for your moral and financial participation as every bill related to this business will be paid by both of us according to percentage ratios.

Note: with my position in this bank, in case of your tight schedules, I will give you secret information of what to do for the bank to deliver the fund to your doorpost through diplomatic immunity.

There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this financial project will be done by my attorney and with my position; I guarantee the successful execution of this project. If you are interested, please reply immediately for the details thanks.
Ebenezer N. Essoka (Professor),
Chief Executive Officer
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