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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: Oliver Alawuba <>
Date: Tue, 25 Nov 2014 14:16:10 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Attention Please!

 Dear Partner;

It's my pleasure to introduce this transaction, Although this proposal might come to you as a surprise, since it is from someone you do not know or have not seen before, but based on recommendation, trust and confidentiality I decided to contact you. First let me introduce myself to you, My name is Mr. Oliver Alawuba, I am banker at United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Limited. I only hope we can assist each other on this proposal.

I have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, as the Head of Treasure and Internal Auditor Department in my branch bank, United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Limited; it is my duty to send in a financial report to my head office in the capital city Accra at the end of each year. On the course of last year 2013 end of year report, I discovered that my branch in which I am the Managing Director and Internal Auditor made an excess profit of 8.5 million us dollars which my head office are not aware of and will never be aware of.I have since placed 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, this is why I'm contacting you for us to work together in assisting me to receive this money into your bank account in your country for us to share after the success of the transfer through the bank Internet Banking Online.

Upon your acceptance of this proposal, I have generally agreed on this sharing ratio 50%/50%. The total sum of 50% will be given to you for your assistance upon the receipt of the funds in your account while 50% will be for me. Note that there are practically no risks involved in this transaction, all I need from you is to stand claim as the original depositor of this fund who made the deposit with Takoradi branch so that my Head office can order the transfer to your designated bank account.

I assure you that we will achieve this transaction successfully if you can only follow every instruction and direction which I will give you in the time of processing the transfer. Please Note; I will need you to provide your original information to enable the bank programmed it into the network computer database system in United Bank for Africa (Ghana) Limited, as the original depositor and I will back you with the entire necessary  information you need to complete this transaction.

Please I am waiting for your urgent reply to me via my alternative email:
Thank you for your understanding.

Best regards,
Mr. Oliver Alawuba

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