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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: john kwame <>
Date: Wed, 8 Oct 2014 09:22:55 -0700
Subject: Dear Esteemed Compliments

Standard Chartered Bank
Accra , Ghana
Tarkoradi Branch.
E-mail: <>

Dear Esteemed Compliments,
I anticipate that you read this mail quickly and let me know your opinion
or willingness on this classified information that I will release to
you.Firstly, I am a happily married man with 3 kids and therefore I would
not want to jeopardize this opportunity to change my financial status that
will give my family a secured future.

I am Mr.John Kwame, the branch manager of the Standard Chartered Bank Of
Ghana, Tarkoradi Branch Accra. I got your information during my search
through the Internet. I am 48 years of age and married with 3 lovely kids.
It may interest you to hear that I am a man of PEACE and don't want
problem, but I don't know how you will feel about this, but I am telling
you that this is real and you are not going to regret after doing this
transaction with me. I only hope we can assist each other. But If you don't
want this business offer kindly forget it as I will not contact you again.

I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, as
the Regional manager of the Standard Chartered Bank Of Ghana,Tarkoradi
Branch Accra; It is my duty to send in a financial report to my head office
in the capital city Accra-Ghana at the end of each year. On the course of
the last years 2013 end of year report, I discovered that my branch in
which I am the Manager made Twelve Million Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand
Dollar [$12,850.000.00] which my head office are not aware of and they will
never be aware of, Nor must they know that I am involved in this

I have since place this fund on what we call SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without any
beneficiary. As an officer of the bank I can not be directly connected to
this money, so this informed my contacting you for us to work so that you
can assist receive this money into your bank account for us to SHARE, while
you will have 35% of the total fund.

Note there are practically no risk involved, it will be bank to bank
transfer, all I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor
of this fund who made the deposit with our branch so that my Head office
can order the transfer to your designated bank account. If you accept this
offer to work with me, I will appreciate it very much. As soon as I receive
your kind response, I will give you details on how we can achieve it

Your contact telephone and fax is highly needed for easy communication.

Best Regards,

Mr.John Kwame.

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