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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: "Mr Michael Ofori." <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 10:22:31 -0800 (PST)

Compliment of the day,

I would like to apply through this medium for your co-operation and to secure an

opportunity to invest and do joint business with you and my family in your

country. I have the intention to invest with you, into a very lucrative business

venture of which you are to advise and execute the said venture over there for

the mutual benefits of both of us.

Your able co-operation is to become my business partner in your country and

create ideas on how money will be invested, properly managed and the type of

investment after the money is transferred to your account with your assistance.

My names are Mr. Michael Ofori. I am 51 years old married with two lovely kids. I

have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, as an

officer in my Bank; it is my duty to send in a financial report to my Head

Office in

the end of each business year.

On the course of the last two year 2009 business report, I discovered that my

branch in which I am ranking officer made Thirteen Million Five Hundred Thousand

United State Dollars ($13,500,000.00) which my Head Office are not aware of and

will never be aware of it. I have placed these funds on SUSPENSE ACCOUNT with no

beneficiary. As an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected to this

money, this informed my contacting you. Indeed I will appreciate if you can

receive this money in your bank account and get 40% of the total funds. There

are practically no risks involved, it is simple bank to bank transfer, all I

need from you is to stand as one of our customer who has been banking with us

and the depositor of this funds with my branch, so that upon your request for

its immediate transfer my head Office will not hesitate to transfer to your

designated bank account.

Meanwhile, on indication of your

willingness to handle this transaction sincerely by protecting my interests and

upon your acceptance of this proposal, I would furnish you with the full

detailed information, procedure and modalities I have mapped out for this


I shall be glad to reciprocate this gesture to you. If you so desire, but do

urge you to give the matter your immediate attention it deserves.

If you accept to work with me, let’s discuss in details.

Yours Sincerely,

Mr. Michael Ofori.

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