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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:

Date: Fri, 11 Dec 2009 17:55:55 +0100

Dear Sir,

I am Mr. Williams Mensah, a Ghanaian origin, a co coordinator contract award
and review committee. (I am the head of the committee).

Our main responsibilities/work is to award review all government contract
projects to cooperate individuals or organizations. The only source we can
benefit from this contract project is over invoicing the prices apart from
our monthly salary.

This is to tell you clear the source of this funds (over quotation from
contract projects) .since three years ago I was able to save and come with
this amount FOUR Million And Eight Hundred thousand United States Of America
dollars(US$4.8m) which was deposited in one of the banks in account called
escrow account.

Now the main reason why I contacted you is to receive this funds on my
behalf, because ;
( A.) We are not allowed to operate foreign account transfer transactions,
while in service ;
( B.)We cannot establish foreign project while on duty post, unless after
our resignation or retirement from government service or after retirements.

So what I want you to do is, I will release the contact of the bank,
including the account in formations. For you to contact the bank directly
for the release and transfer of the money into your own bank account.

After your reply, I write an application letter and send it to you, to
forward it to the bank address which I will give you very simple, there is
no risk or problem in this.

I assure you, so many people who were working here as the head of this
department have done this and some resigned some retired.
I will be ready to send you my international passport and my working
identity card through email attachment for identification, as soon as I hear
from you.

Note for your effort in this, you will have EIGHT HUNDRED AND FIFTY THOUSAND
UNITED STATE OF AMERICA DOLLARS (USD$850,000)as your benefit, as soon as you
confirms that the money is in your account.

If the bank approves the application, it will take less than eight working
days to conclude this transfer. Note, that you will not let any bank
officials here know that I am the one given you these information, as soon
as you receives this money, I will get resigned.

Thank you for your understanding and God bless you.

Yours Faithfully,

Mr. Williams Mensah.

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