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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Mr John N. Mensah" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 21 Aug 2014 09:36:09 -0700


>From Mr John Mensah,

(Branch Manager)

Standard Chartered Bank
Of Ghana

Dear Friend,

It took me a lot of time to summon courage to email you. It is a fact that we have had any previous business dealings, but I strongly believe that with understanding and trust we can have a successful business relationship.

Before I continue, I wish to introduce my self to you. I am Mr john mensah, from Ghana. 49years old, married with a wife and Two children, at present, I am a bank manager with STANDARD CHARTERED BANK OF GHANA.

I write to solicit your permission, if you will sincerely and honestly accommodate the sum of $3,270.000.00 (Three Million two Hundred and seventy Thousand United States Dollars) into any account that you can provide.This fundcame as a result of over marginal profit that was left in our ledger book for the year 2012/2013 third quarter accounting period. As such,this amount has been floating in the ledger book without anybody claiming it, as a matter of fact, since I am the manager of this branch I seek you kindly forward the following:

(1) You Full names:
(2) Your Private phone number:
(3) Your Current residential address:
(4) Your Occupation with company name if available:
(5) Your Age and Sex:

To enable me create an account file in your favor to transfer this fund to your overseas account for disbursement as follows;

You will be entitle to 40% for your assistant, 10% will be mapped out for expense while 50% will be kept in your account pending for me untill i come over to your country for investment.

Please be informed that this transaction is risk free and as long as I am going to monitor all paper works from table to table until the transfer is affected into your overseas account.

Kindly acknowledge this my proposal, if accepted kindly reply to my
private email

I am waiting for your favorable reply.

Best Regard

Mr. John Mensah

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