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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: "Godwin Agym" <>
Date: Fri, 20 May 2016 13:55:11 +0300 (MSK)
Subject: Attention Sir/Madam

Attention Sir/Madam

Firstly let me introduce my person, I’m Godwin Agym head manager
Barclays Bank Ghana Ltd.

This is in respect of your funds currently in my bank custody. I want to
bring to your notice that your funds UD3.2 Million which is part fund was
secretly wired out since ending of last month's to my depository by a
certain Man who claimed you authorized him to do so, but as i traced the
origin of the said payment i could find out the transfer was originated
from you but diverted through via credit forwarding 2 ways confirmation.

This scheme is defined in rule-books that cover the rules, practices and
standards applicable to SEPA payment instruments.

Note: base on this development, i personally place Administrative block
pending when due confirmation are receive from you and i need your urgent
confidential response to guide this fund.

However I will send the copy of the proof of fund letter for your legal
perusal, after that I will advise you the next step to move the funds to
your account legally and securely in this fashion.

Yours Sincerely,
Godwin Agym
head manager
Barclays Bank Accra Ghana Ltd.

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