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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.John Franck" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 5 Aug 2011 11:56:48 -1200
Subject: Mr. Frank

Dear Confidant,
Pardon me for not having the pleasure of knowing your mindset before making you this offer. This is utterly confidential and genuine by virtue of its nature. I am Mr. John Frank, the manager (Bank Of Ghana), First Light Head Office, Accra Ghana.

I am writing for your assistance in the transfer of $750, 000, 00. US Dollars into any account of your choice. placed amount $750, 000, 00. US Dollars in a Non-Resident account without a beneficiary.

Please note that as a staff of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money; thus I am impelled to request for your assistance and partnership to receive this money into your bank account. And as my partner you are entitled to 50% of this fund, while 50% shall be for me. I do need to stress that, it's going to be a bank-to-bank transfer.

Your timely response will be highly appreciated.

Yours Truly,
Mr. John Frank


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