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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: "Mr Yaw Obeng" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 14:25:43 +0000

Dear Friend,

I am Mr.Yaw Obeng, the regional manager of International Commercial Bank (ICB) First-Light Branch Ghana-West Africa. I contacted you for a packaged financial transaction that will be of mutual benefit for both of us.

My branch office made Five Million Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand Dollars (5,250.000.00 Dollars) of which my head Office is not aware of and will never be aware of and then I Placed this fund on ESCROW CALL ACCOUNT without a beneficiary.

As a Manager in the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am compelled to request for your assistance to stand on my behalf and receive this money into your bank account.I will compensate you with 40% of the total amount involved as gratification and the rest will be mine.

Please if you wish to assist me in this business,reply and contact me immediately so that we can discuss the modalities to actualize this transaction,You can reach me on my private phone 00233 24 2217229 or my email address for more details.

NOTE: There are practically no risk involve in this transaction. It will be a bank-to-bank transfer and will only take us three banking days to reflect in your designated account.

Waiting to hear from you.

With Regards,
Mr. Yaw Obeng
Private Phone:00233242217229 for more details

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