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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: "WESTERN UNION SECURED MONEY TRANSFER (KWESI KOFFI)" <koffikwesi@gmail.com>
Date: Thu, 11 Aug 2011 13:41:58 +0100 (WAT)
Subject: Western Union Money Transfer(SM) Confirmation



Subject: Western Union Money Transfer(SM) Confirmation




WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER
102 low street labodre Accra
fastest way to transfer and receive
money world wide.
Ghana.





ATTN ,

THIS IS NOT A PROPER WAY OF DISCLOSING A MATTER OF SUCH IMPORTANCE TO YOU, BUT
PLEASE BEAR WITH ME AS I WANT MOST HAVE BEEN OF INTEREST TO YOU. IT IS A
BUSINESS PROPOSAL THAT WILL BENEFIT BOTH OF US.

I AM MR.KWESI KOFFI THE PRESENT APPOINTED ZONAL MANAGER TO THE ECO BANK WESTERN
UNION MONEY TRANSFER OF WEST AFRICA LOME ,TOGO ACCRA GHANA BRANCH. ON MY
RESUMPTION TO DUTY I DISCOVERED THAT THERE WHERE SEVERAL TRANSFER MADE TO
SEVERAL PEOPLE AND DUE TO ONE REASON OR THE OTHER THIS FUNDS WHERE NOT RECEIVED
BY THE PRIVATE INDIVIDUALS THIS FUNDS WHERE TRANSFERRED TO, THE SENDER,S WHERE
UNABLE TO SEND THE CONTROL DETAILS TO THE RECEIVER, AND MOST OF THE SENDERS TO
OUR OWN RECORDS ARE DECEIT.

AS THE NEW ZONAL MANAGER I FOUND OUT THAT THIS FUNDS ARE STILL PENDING, OUR HEAD
QUARTER IN NEW YORK UNITED STATE OF AMERICA HAVE INSTRUCTED ALL THE DIVISION
HAVING PENDING TRANSFER TO REMIT ALL TRANSFERS BEFORE THE END OF THIS YEAR WITH
THE LEGAL PROCEDURES IMMEDIATELY TO THOSE THAT HAVE BEEN AFFECTED BY THIS UGLY
SITUATION.


THE TOTAL AMOUNT OF MONEY NOW SHOWING IN OUR COMPUTER SYSTEM IS CLOSED TO BE
ABOUT TWO MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND U.S. DOLLARS ($2.500,000.00 USD) AND
RIGHT NOW THE BANK AUTHORITY AND OUR MAIN HEAD QUARTER OFFICE IN AMERICA NEW
YORK WILL BE DIALOGUING ON HOW TO REMIT ALL THIS FUND'S BACK BEFORE THE END OF
THIS MONTH.

I HAVE FOUND A WAY TO GET THIS MONEY TO YOU IF YOU RESPOND THAT THERE WILL BE NO
PROBLEM. ALL WE NEED TO DO IS TO GET YOU AS THE NEW RECEIVER AND I WILL ACTIVATE
THE TRANSFER AND GET TO YOU WITH THE NEW CONTROL DETAILS, BUT AFTER THE
SUCCESSFUL TRANSFER WE WILL SHARE THE FUND. I DON'T MIND TO SHARE THE FUNDS
50/50 FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE AT THE END OF THE TRANSACTION IN AS MUCH THAT YOU WILL
GIVE ME YOUR BEST IN MAKING THIS DREAM OF MINE A REALITY.

TRANSFER PROCEDURES
(1) THE CONTROL NUMBER'S WHICH WILL GIVE YOU THE RIGHT TO PICKUP THIS FUNDS IN
ANY OF OUR OFFICE IN YOUR COUNTRY MUST BE ACTIVATED.
(2) NAME TO AFFECT THE TRANSFER PROCEEDS.
(3)COUNTRY / TOWN AND CITY.

I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO YOUR TOTAL CO-OPERATION IN THIS COMMITMENT,

THANKS AND MAY GOD BLESS YOU.

BEST REGARDS,
MR.KWESI KOFFI.
(ZONAL MANAGER WESTERN UNION MONEY TRANSFER WEST AFRICA, NO 101 GEORGE COMPLEXE
ACCRA GHANA)


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