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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: "quaye8" <>
Date: Sun, 1 Jun 2008 14:16:19 -0700

Dear Friend,

My name is MR Botwe Quaye, I am a high ranking officer of The Trust Bank,
TTB,Tema Business Office Ghana.
I got your information during my search through the Internet. I am 44years
of age and married with 3 lovely
Kids. It may interest you to hear that I am a man of PEACE and don't want
problem, I only hope we can Assist each other. If you don't want this
business Offer kindly forget it, as I will not contact you again.

I have packaged a financial transaction that will Benefit both of us, as the
regional manager of
The Trust Bank, TTB,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 the year 2006 end of year report, I discovered That my
branch in which I am a ranking officer made five Million five hundred
thousand dollars [5,500.000.00] which my head office is not aware of and
will never be aware of. I have since placed this fund in what we call
SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without any beneficiary.
As an officer of the bank I can not be directly Connected to this money, so
this informed my contacting you for us to work so that you can assist
receive this money into your bank account for us to SHARE.While you will
have 30% of the total fund.

Note there are practically no risk involved, 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
our branch so that my Head Office can order the transfer to your designated
bank account.
If you accept this offer to work with me, I will appreciate it very much. As
soon as I receive your
Response I will details you on how we can achieve it successfully.

Best regards,
Mr. Botwe Quaye

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