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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: "MR.NELSON" <>
Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2008 00:10:27 +0000
Subject: GOOD DAY

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*From:Mr.Nelson kofi

Dear Friend,

My name is Nelson kofi I am the regional manager of Standard chartered
bank of Ghana Tarkwarde branch in the eastern region of Ghana. I got your
information when i was searching for an oversea partner among other names. I
write you this proposal in good faith; I am 45 years old married with four
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 Standard chartered 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 four million sixty thousand united state dollars (4.6m)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 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. email me with
the above email address so that we can go over the details 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.nelson kofi*

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