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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: "" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 17:20:35 +0100
Subject: My Request

My Request,

I am Mr. Frank Adu, I am the Managing Director of the Bank, Prior to my
appointment, I was the Deputy Managing Director (Operations) of CAL Bank and
had oversight responsibility for the daily operations of Cal 's operational
units, including the Corporate Finance department. I was the Treasurer of
the bank, responsible for managing the Bank's foreign exchange, liquidity,
and interest rate risks. I transformed the Bank's treasury into a dynamic
unit, taking a pioneering role in product innovation and managing a
portfolio in excess of ¢60 billion. Prior to being appointed Treasurer, I
established and managed the bank's recovery unit and worked as a credit and
relationship banking officer. I has cultivated a wide network of local and
international contacts. Frank holds a BSc in Geography and an MBA from the
University of Ghana and has varied experience in arranging funding
structures and in many major corporate finance transactions.

I am Investment Banker and the Managing Director of the Bank. I am the VIce
Chairman of the Council of the Ghana Stock Exchange and Chairman of its
listing committee, member of the Board of Ghana Leasing Company and the
African Investment Bank in Benin. I chairs the Board of the Roman Ridge
School and the National Health Insurance Council.

Why I Contact you is to assist me to in executing this deal, transfer of
($27,000,000.00) from Ghana to your country.
I need to know if you will be able to handle this with me, before I will
explain to you in details. If you are interested please send me your full
names, private telephone number through the above email address for an
initial confidential communication. I wish for utmost confidentiality if you
can be able to handle this transaction with me.

Mr. Frank Brako AduJnr.

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