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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: "FromJ.B. Clottey," <>
Date: Thu, 24 Sep 2015 05:39:46 -0700
Subject: From: Mr. J.B.

=46romJ.B. Clottey,
External and Internal Audit Control Unit.
Bank of Ghana .

Good day,

I am Mr. J.B. Clottey. I have emailed you earlier on without any resp=
onse from you. I am among the Advisory Panel that was mandated to ad=
vise the Bank on external and internal audit control systems of the B=
ank, hence I have decided to contact you to stand of the next of kin =
to the deceased customer to enable us receive his deposit as inherita=
nce for investment amounted to US$39Million only.

On my first email I mentioned about my late client whose relatives I =
cannot get in touch with. But both of you have the same last name so =
it will be very easy to front you as his official next of kin. I am c=
ompelled to do this because I would not want the finance house to pus=
h my client??s funds into their treasury as unclaimed inheritance.

Note that you are to furnishing me with the requested information's b=
ellow immediately;

(1)Full names.
(2)Contact address.
(3)Telephone and fax numbers.

If you are interested you do let me know so that I can give you Compr=
ehensive details on what we are to do.
Waiting for your response.
Many Thanks,

Mr. J.B. Clottey



German translate

Herr FromJ.B . Clottey ,
Externe und Interne Revision Control Unit .
Bank of Ghana.

Guten Tag,

Ich bin Herr J. B. Clottey . Ich Ihnen per E-Mail haben fr=FCher ohne=
Antwort von Ihnen . Ich bin unter den Advisory Panel , die beauftrag=
t wurde , die Bank auf externe und interne Revision Kontrollsysteme d=
er Bank beraten , daher habe ich mich entschlossen , Sie zu kontaktie=
ren , um die n=E4chsten Angeh=F6rigen der verstorbenen Kunden zu steh=
en , damit wir seine Einzahlung als Erbe f=FCr Investitionen beliefen=
sich auf nur US $ 39Million .

Auf meiner ersten E-Mail ich =FCber meine sp=E4te Kunden, dessen Verw=
andten kann ich nicht in Ber=FChrung kommen mit erw=E4hnt. Aber beide=
haben den gleichen Nachnamen , so wird es sehr einfach, vor Ihnen al=
s seinem offiziellen n=E4chsten Angeh=F6rigen . Ich bin gezwungen , d=
ies zu tun , denn ich m=F6chte nicht, dass das Finanzhaus zu meinem K=
unden ? S Mittel in ihre eigene als unzustellbar Erbe zu schieben.

Beachten Sie, dass Sie mich mit der gew=FCnschten Informationen sofor=
t unten Einrichtung sind ;

(1) Vollst=E4ndige Namen .
(2) Kontakt -Adresse.
(3 ) Telefon -und Faxnummern .
(4) Ort .

Wenn Sie interessiert sind, lassen Sie es mich wissen, damit kann ich=
Ihnen umfassende Informationen =FCber das, was wir tun sollen .
Warten auf Ihre Antwort.
Vielen Dank ,

Herr J. B. Clottey

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