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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: "Joseph Bary" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 22 Mar 2010 04:28:31 +0100
Subject: Can You Handle This?

The Branch Manager
19 Seventh Avenue, Ridge West,
P.O Box 16746, Accra, North Ghana.

Dear Friend,

My name is Mr. Joseph Bary. I am the Branch manager of Eco Bank of Ghana Ridge West branch. I got your information during my search through the Internet. I am 42 years of age and married with 3 lovely kids. It may interest you to hear that I am a man of PEACE and don't want problems, but am telling you this because its real and you are not going to regret after doing this transaction with me. I only hope we can assist each other. But if you don't want this business offer kindly forget it as I will not contact you again.

As the branch manager of the Eco Bank of Ghana, it is my duty to send in a financial report to my head office at the end of each year. In my 2008 end of the year balance sheet report, I discovered that my branch in which I am the manager made Fourteen Million, Seven Hundred and fifty thousand dollars in excess [14,750.000.00] which my head office are not aware of and will never be aware of. I have since placed this fund on what we call SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without any beneficiary.

As an officer of the bank I cannot be directly connected to this money, so that explains my contacting you for us to work so that you can assist receive this money into your bank account for us to SHARE. You can have 30% of the total fund. Note there are practically no risk involved, it would be a bank to bank transfer, all I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of this fund who made the deposit with our branch so that my Head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account.

If you accept this offer to work with me, I will appreciate it very much; also you can forward your private Telephone number for speedy relation on this matter. As soon as I receive your response I will details you on how we can achieve it successfully.

Best Regards

Joseph Bary.
Note: Reply through my private email address:

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