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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: Dr Henry Kofi Wampah <>
Reply-To: Dr Henry Kofi Wampah <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2014 05:45:31 -0700
Subject: From the Desk of: Dr Henry Kofi wampah

>From the Desk of: Dr Henry Kofi wampah
Governor Bank of Ghana.Director International ATM Payment Remittance
Liaison Office Accra-Ghana
REF: BOG/IRD/GH/021/14
ATM Amount Sum: Us$6.5 Million.
Reply to;

It is my modest obligation to write you this letter in regards to the authorization of your payment through our most respected financial institution Bank of Ghana accra Ghana  Community of West African States (ECO WAS) has empowered Bank of Ghana Accra-Ghana to clear all foreign Contract Sum, Inheritance Payments of US$6,500,000.00 as a compensation fund which your name is among the lucky beneficiaries that we receive this compensation fund and the mode of payment is through ATM Master Card to avoid any payment divert.In order to know you are ready to receive your approved compensation fund, you are advised to furnish us with the below information for us to process your fund through ATM Master Card.
1. Your Full Name:
2. Address:
3. Home/Cell Phone:
4. Age and Marital Status:
5. Occupation:
6. Any Identification like Int'l Passport/Driver License.
On receipt of the above information, we shall begin the processing of your payment through ATM Master Card without any hitches.We expect your urgent response to this email.

 Yours faithfully,
Dr Henry Kofi Wampah
Governor Bank of Ghana
Director, International ATM Payment

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