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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: Private <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 12:45:15 -0800 (PST)

Phone:: +233 242182422
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This is a very crucial Bank Deal that will bring a fruitful result at the end of successful and smooth transfer of the fund. I am Mr. Winwatu Udo, Currently Head of Corporate Affairs Department with a Reputable bank here in Ghana.

I write you this Proposal in good faith, believing that I can trust you with the information I am about to reveal to you. I have an urgent and very confidential business Proposition for you.
On June 5th, 2000, a German Business tycoon Mr. Andreas Schranner made a (Fixed Deposit) for 60 calendar months, valued at US$12,500,000.00 (Twelve Million Five hundred Thousand Dollars only) in my bank and I happen to be his Account officer before I was moved to my present Position recently. The maturity date for this deposit Contract was last 3rd of April 2005. Before this date, I have tried my possible best to locate a Next of Kin To late Mr. Stranger, but all efforts proved Abortive, because all his family, including his Son In-Law and children died in the plane crash of Concorde Air France Flight AF4590 which took place on 25th July 2000, some months after he did the deposit 1n my bank.

You can read more stories about the plane Crash by visiting this website;

<<>> With the recent change of government in my country and with their efforts to support the United Nations in Checkmating terrorism aid in Ghana. By end of December This year, the Government will pass a new Financial Control Law which will give the Government authority To interrogate account owners of above $5 million Dollars to explain the source of the funds, making Sure it is not for terrorism support. If I do not move This money out of the country immediately, by December The Government will definitely confiscate the money, Because my bank cannot provide the account owner to explain the source of the money since he is late. I decided to utilize this life time opportunity, Instead of Government confiscating the, but I cannot Directly claim the money without the help of a Foreigner and that is why I am contacting you for an assistance.

As the Account Officer to late Mr. Schranner, coupled with my present position and status In the bank, I have the power to influence the release Of the funds to any foreigner that comes up as the Next of Kin to the account, with the correct Information concerning the account, which I shall give You. I am having the secret Code for the account, Which only the account owner or his Next of Kin can know.

I shall supply all necessary information we need For the claim and there is practically no risk Involved, the transaction will be executed under a Legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any Breach of law, beside Ghana is porous and anything Goes. If you accept to work with me, I want you to state how You wish us to share the funds in percentage, so that Both parties will be satisfied. I shall explain to you In details how we shall handle the transaction once I Receive your response.

Thanking you in advance and May God bless you. Please, treat with utmost Confidentiality. I shall send you copy of the deposit Slip issued to Mr. Stranger when the deposit was made For your perusal.

My questions are:

1.Can i trust you?
2.Can you handle the project?
I wait your urgent response.

Winwatu Udo.

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