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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: <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2012 19:09:16 +0300
Subject: Mr. Koffi Benjamin

Hello Dear friend. I am Mr. Kofi Benjamin. the overall bank manager in
head office Accra
Ghana, please understand me i will not like to review the name of this
bank for security reasons and you are the only one i have told about
this business please try and comply with me and respond.

Mr David Robert. died in a plane crash in France Airline, crashed on the
atlantic occean 2009. He had $12.352million into his bank account in
this bank, this money is together with his interest. For my 100%
investigation, there is anybody related to Mr David Robert. knows about
money, Now my reason of written to you is for you to comply with me
let me present you as the family in-law of late Mr David Robert. so that i
transfer this money into account that will be secured, I promise to
offer you 20% and 10% will be for any expenses that may come up,
contact me as soon as possible for other information, i promise you
that this business is 100% risk free as far as i am the bank manager
of this bank branch. If you have any more question you are free to ask.

Mr. Kofi Benjamin Dabrah.
Bank Manager.

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