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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: Edward Ouko <>
Reply-To: Edward Ouko <>
Date: Tue, 7 Jun 2016 06:16:37 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: DEAL


I am (EDWARD OUKO). The Managing Auditor General of Standard Chartered Bank Ghana,Ltd.
This year, I have been able to offset most Overdue
contract sums owed by the Government of Ghana to Foreign contractors in
2014-2015 . In the process of these payments, I discovered through investigation
that my colleague who was fired on May 2015 secretly secured (USD $15,000,000.00) in the bank (ESCROW ACCOUNT) but was unable to conclude the transaction before He was fired and the bank Code changed. The funds originated from the balance of over-invoice sum and
inflated government contracts of which the principal sum had been paid to foreign contractors who completed their Oil contract in 2015 here in Ghana.

I have concluded all necessary arrangements with a specialized attorney in that field for the transfer of the money into a foreign partner's account .Contacting you on this became imperative to the fact that, the transfer cannot be effected without a second party account and receiving Bank Code and SWIFT numbers.

Therefore, what is required of you is Trust, Confidentiality and Honesty. No
travel is required, I will forward an account where my share will be further transferred into when the funds reaches your bank account in your country. At the moment i can only give information that are reasonable to assist this business without failure of any nature. Our sharing terms goes like this (40% to you, 60% to me) Once again, funds will be transferred into your account withing 48hrs as soon as you accept to assist. Should interested please, send details information as below

1 your full names______________________
2,your 24hrs phone no.______________________
5,marital status____________________________
6,House Address_______________________________
7,Scan copy of your passport__________________

At the receipt of your reply of interest, I shall furnish you with further information as to how we can proceed at once.
Thank you in advance for your understanding and acceptance to assist for our both mutual benefit.

Edward Ouko

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