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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: eric williams <mr_eric_williams6@yahoo.com>
Reply-To: mrericwilliams1@walla.com
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 02:10:58 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Your urgent response needed pls



Dear Friend,

I hope this may not constitute sort of embarrassment to you, My name is Mr.Eric Williams,I am the regional bank manager of the international commercial bank of ghana,kaneshie branch of west region.

I came to know you in my Private Search for a reliable and reputable person to handle this Confidential Transaction with. I am 44 years of age and married with 3 lovely kids.
I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, as the regional Auditor General of the international commercial bank Ltd. it is my duty to send in a financial report to my head office in the capital city Accra at the end of each year .

On the course of last year end of year report, I discovered that my branch in which I am the manager made an excess profit of five million united states dollars [US$5,000,000.00] which my head office are not aware of and will never be aware of. I have since placed this fund on what we call SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without any beneficiary.

As an officer of the bank I can not be directly connected to this money, this is why I.m contacting you for us to work so that you can assist and receive this money into your bank account for us to SHARE. I will offer you 20% of the total amount for your assistance.

Note that there are practically no risks involved in this transaction , it will be bank to bank transfer, all I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of this fund who made the deposit with Takoradi branch so that my Head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account.

Do not make undue the advantage of the trust I have bestowed on you, and I assure you we can achieve it successfully.
I wait soon to hear from you.

thanks,

yours mr eric williams.


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