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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: "TONY ABUA" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 19:49:26 -0700

Dear Friend,

My name is Mr Tony Abua I am the regional manager of international bank of
Ghana Tema branch in the western region of Ghana.I write you this proposal
in good faith; I am 44 years old married with two lovely kids. I am a
devoted Christian and a man of peace. I have packaged a financial
transaction that will benefit you and I, as the regional manager of the
international commercial bank it is my duty to send in a financial report
to my head office in the capital city Accra at the end of each business
year. On the course of the last year 2007 business report, I discovered that
my branch in which I am the manager made saven million seven hundred and
twenty united state dollars ($7.720)usd which my head office are not aware
of and will never be aware of.

I have placed this funds on what we call escrow call account with no
beneficiary. As an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected to
this money, so my aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this money
in your bank account and get 30% of the total funds as commission.

There are practically no risks involved, it will be a bank-to-bank transfer,
and all I need from you is to stand and claim as the original depositor of
these funds who made the deposit with my branch so that my head office can
order the transfer to your designated bank account.

If you accept to work with me I will appreciate it very much. and i will
give you my full informations.Remember there is no risk involved i promise.

Thank you in advance and May God bless you and your family.

Yours truly

Mr.Tony Abua

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