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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: mensah abi <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 02:16:19 +0000

FROM MR.MENSA ABIOPERATION MANAGER.INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANKACCRA-GHANA.WEST AFRICA. ATTN; SIR/MADAM, BUSINESS PROPOSAL TO YOU. I know this message will come to you as a surprise since we do not know each other before, but for the purpose of introduction, I am Mr.MENSA ABI, Operations manager, INTERNATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK TEMA-GHANA There is an account opened in this bank in 1990 and after going through some old files in the records, I discovered that nobody has operated in this account since 2002. From our records, the owner of this account is DR. GEORGE W. BRUMLEY {a foreigner from U.S.A}. After several notifications as a routine to the address of this distinguished customer of ours, his employees told our management that DR.GEORGE W. BRUMLEY died when a Kenyan Airways crashed along the coast of West Africa in July 2003.Please I want you to visit the website for more information about the Plane Crash and the Deceased DR. GEORGE W. BRUMLEY and his family:
My investigation proved to me that no other person knows about this account or any thing concerning it, the bank does not know any thing about this account and as well, the account has no other beneficiary.
This account presently accommodates the amount involving US$8.5 MILLION United State Dollars. With due respect trust and humanity, I am contacting you because of the need to involve a reliable foreign beneficiary with foreign account who will coordinate this motive. I want you to assist me claim this fund into your account. In the recent meeting held by the Board of Directors in our bank,it was deliberated on the issue of unclaimed funds lying in our bank, and therefore decided to adjourn the motion as contained in the article 13 (b) sub-section (iv) of the minutes of the BODs meeting.
I need your full co-operation to make this object successful because the management is ready to approve this payment to any foreigner who has correct information of this account, which I will give to you immediately if you are capable and willing to handle such amount with confidence and trust according to my instructions and advise for our mutual benefit because this is a life time opportunity I do not want to miss. I need a truthful person in this business because I do not want to make a mistake, besides I need your strong assurance, trust and sincerity. I have to assure you that with my position now in the office I can transfer this money to any reliable foreign accountwhich you can provide with full assurance that this money will be safe and well guided pending my physical arrival in your country for sharing.
I will use my position and influence to effect legal approvals and onward transfer of this money to your account with appropriate clearance forms of the ministries and foreign exchange departments.
You will also need to come to Ghana to discuss with me face to face after which I will make the remittance in your presence and two of us will fly to your country for withdrawal, sharing and other investment plans. Please reply urgently so that I will inform you the next step to take towards realizing this fund immediately. Send also your private telephone and fax numbers, Bank Account details (Name of Bank, Address, A/C Name etc.)I want us to meet face to face or to sign a binding agreement to ensure that we can receive this money into a foreign account or any account of your choice.
Thanks $ rimen bleas At the conclusion of this business you will be given 45% of the total amount,50% will be for me and 5% will be for any expenses that may Incur During this transaction, I look forward to your earliest reply.Yours Truly, Mr.Mensah Abi,(Operations Manager) Icb Tema-Ghana

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