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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: harrison kojo <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 22:09:07 +0000

From Mr. Harrison Kojo
Standard Chartered Bank of Ghana

My Dear friend,

My name is Mr Harrison Kojo. I work with the Standard Chartered
Bank of Ghana as the Regional manager, Tema Branch, in the Accra Region of

I am 52 years old with three kids. I have packaged a transaction
that will be of mutual benefit to us. As the branch manager of Standard
Chartered Bank of Ghana, it is my duty to send a financial report to my head
office in the capital city, Accra, at the end of each financial

Following the release of the second quarter financial report,
ending June 2006, I discovered that my branch made four Million, six Hundred and
Fifty Thousand United States Dollars ($4,650,000.00); from the transactions
accruing to the account of the Inland Revenue Service (IRS). This was not
detected by the renowned auditors from my head office.

I have moved the funds into what the bank call Escrow Call Account
with no beneficiary. Meanwhile as you know I can not be directly connected to
this money for obvious reasons. So my contacting you is to assist me receive the
funds in your bank account in your country; which I know is possible if you
liaise properly with me and get 35% of the total funds as your

The transfer would be made via swift and it will be a Bank-to-Bank
wired transfer. All I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor
of this fund. I will compute your particulars as the person who made the deposit
in my branch, so that my head office will immediately order the transfer to your
designated bank Account. Call or mail me if you think we can work together, on

Thanks for your understanding and co-operation.

Yours truly,
Mr.Harrison Kojo.
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