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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "inland revenue" (Tax offices mentioned in 419 scams are always fake. Even after you pay their fake tax demands you will still not receive the non-existent funds you have been promised. )
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Mr.Jake Sowah AKAL" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: 24 Jul 2011 03:40:36 +0200
I am Mr. Jake Sowah Akal I work with the Standard Chartered Bank of Ghana as the Regional manager, PO Box 163, Obuasi AGC Main Gate Obuasi Branch, in the Western Region of Ghana.
Sequel to the release of the third quarter financial report, ending December, 2009, I discovered that my branch made Four Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand United States Dollars ($4,350,000.00); from the transactions accruing to the account of the
Inland Revenue Service (IRS). I intentionally delayed the fund until now to make sure I cleared all link to this money before contacting you and is absolutely free from any Drug Trafficking and Anti-terrorist link and can be converted into any type of Currency of your choice before the effect of the transfer.
But before that I have diverted the funds into what the bank called Escrow Call Account with no beneficiary. Meanwhile as you know I can not be directly connected to this money for obvious reasons. So my contacting you is to assist me receive the funds in your bank account in your country; which I know is possible if you liaise properly with me and I guarantee you get 40% of the total funds as your benefit, for helping me to pull the fund out.
The transfer would be via swift and it will be a Bank-to-Bank wired transfer. All I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of this fund. I will compute your particulars as the person who made the deposit in my branch, so that my head office will immediately order the transfer to your designated bank account upon your
application/request for transfer.
Thanks for your understanding and co-operation.
God Bless You.
Jake Sowah Akal (Mr)