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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: "DAVID.K. MENSAH" <>
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 23:52:07 +0300
Subject: bank excess profit

*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

My names are Mr.David Mensah. 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 2011 business report,

I discovered that my branch in which I am ranking officer made Nine Million
Five Hundred Thousand United State Dollars ($9,500,000.00) which my Head
Office are not aware of and will never be aware of it. I have placed this
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 30% 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 claim
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 transaction.

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 via my private email
address ( )

Yours Sincerely,
Mr. David Mensah
Phone Number:- +447729003439
Phone Number:-+233543604222

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