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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: "ICBGH" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Oct 2010 21:35:05 -0700
Subject: Last Quarter Payments For the year

PMB 16, Meridian House, Ring Rd. Central, Accra, Ghana
Telephone: 00233-279-278-106, 00233-246-484-105
E/fax: 0044-703-185-4119, 0044-844-774-1545
Our…..Ref.No icbgh/db/af/10/10
Unpaid Beneficiary,

It is obvious that you have not received your fund which is to the tune of $10.8million due to past corrupt
Governmental Officials who almost held the fund to themselves for their selfish reason and some individuals
who have taken advantage of your fund all in an attempt to swindle your fund which has led to so many
losses from your end and unnecessary delay in the receipt of your fund. The National Central Bureau of I
nterpol enhanced by the United Nations have successfully passed a mandate to the current International
Commercial Bank Ghana to boost the exercise of clearing all foreign debts owed to you and other
individuals and organizations who have been found not to have receive their Contract Sum, Lottery/
Gambling, Inheritance and the likes.

Now your payment will be send to you by ATM card that will be coming alongside a custom pin which you
will use to withdraw up to $5,000 per day from any ATM machine that has the Master Card Logo on it. Also
with the ATM card you will be able to transfer your funds to your bank account. The ATM card comes with
a handbook or manual to enlighten you about how to use it. Your payment would be sent to you via UPS
or FedEx. Because we have signed a contract with them which should expired very soon.

Below are few list of tracking numbers you can track from UPS and FedEx website to confirm people like
you who have received their payment successfully.

Name: J2261466148 John krasnow (
Name: J2261466111 Roberts LaTanya (
Name: Christine Fuller:
UPS Tracking Number: J2261466139 (
Name: Mary Brodhead: UPS Tracking Number: J2261466095
To effect the release of your fund valued at $10.8million you are advised to contact the director of
payment and delivery officer

Name: David Felix
E/fax: 0044-703-185-4119, 0044-844-774-1545
Telephone: 00233- 279- 278-106
On contacting him do provide him with the following information's:
1) Your full Name:
2) Your Address:
3) Home/Cell Phone:

Yours sincerely,

Rose Ezego
ECOWAS Payment Reprensative Officer.
CC: National Central Bureau of Interpol
Information contained in this email is confidential and intended for the addresses only. Any dissemination,
distribution, copying or use of this communication without prior permission from the address is strictly
prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient of this communication, Please delete it permanently without
copying, disclosing or otherwise using its contents, and notify the sender immediately.

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