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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.Benjamin Amoako" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 00:39:11 -0700
Subject: Mr. Benjamin Amoako

The Regional Manager,
Standard Chattered Bank of Ghana,
Temale Branch.

I wish to contact you on a good business which I want you to assist me, receive this fund into your bank account in your country and I believing that this will really work out between both of us.

I am the manager of Standard Chattered Bank of Ghana Ltd in Temale branch, a family man and a man of peace. I discovered this money Three million, Seven hundred and twenty thousand united state dollars (USD$3,720.000.00) On the course of the last year 2013 business financial report.I have packaged this transaction in a way that it will be of mutual benefit to us. As the regional manager (Temale branch) it is my duty to send in a financial report to my head office in the capital city Accra at the end of each business year and I have placed this funds on what we call Escrow Call Account with no beneficiary.

As an officer of this bank I cannot be directly connected to this money, so my aim of contacting you is to assist me receive this money in your bank account and get 35% of the total funds as commission.This business will be a bank-to-bank transfer. All I need from you is to stand and claim this fund as the original depositor of these funds who made the deposit in my branch so that my head office will order the transfer to your designated bank account in your country.

If you accept to work with me on trust I will appreciate it very much. Email me with the above email address so that we can go over the details. Thanks for your co-operation and I wait to hear from you soon.

Mr. Benjamin Amoako

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