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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: "Morris Agogo" <>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 06:15:59 -0700
Subject: Good Day

Good Day,

Greetings to you in the name of our Lord most high. I am the regional
manager of Barclays Bank of Ghana takoradi branch in the western region of

I got your information on a recent bank conference with other West African
countries held in Lome the capital city of Togo in West Africa.

I write you this proposal in good faith; I am 45 years old married with four
children. I am a devoted Christian and a man of peace.

I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit you and me, as the
regional manager of the Barclays 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 2007 business report, I discovered that my
branch in which I am the manager made Four million five hundred and fifty
thousand united state dollars ($4,550,000.00) 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. You call me so
that we can go over the details. Thank you in advance and May God bless you
and your family.

Yours truly
Mr.Morris Agogo.

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