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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: "Ofori Michael" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 13:54:12 -0700
Subject: Bank To Bank Transfer

Dear Friend

My name is Mr.Michael Ofori, I am one of the branch manager of foreign remittance of my Bank. I am writing to seek your cooperation over this business deal.I am writing to seek your cooperation over this business deal. Please, no matter how strange or surprising this business might seem to you as we have not met personally or had any dealings before , to the aim of this letter is business that will benefit the both of us. This fund is the excess of what my branch in which I am the manager made as profit during the year in my Head Office and they will never know of this Excess.

I have since then, placed this amount of US$7,500,000.00 (Seven Million Five hundred Thousand United States Dollars) on a SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without a beneficiary.As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money into your bank account.

I intend to part 30% of this fund to you while 70% shall be for me. It is going to be a bank-to-bank Wire transfer to your nominated bank account anywhere you feel safer.All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund.

With regards,
Mr.Michael Ofori

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