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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: "Robert Albertson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2016 18:00:58 -0700
Subject: Can I Trust You??

Hello my dear friend

I am Mr. Robert Albertson, a banker here in Ghana. I write you this proposal in good faith hoping that I will rely on you. In 2010, Mr. Desmond Karim who hails from your country as his place of origin/birth, made a fixed deposit, valued at $ 10,500,000.00 (Ten million,Five hundred thousand Dollars) with my bank the Barclays Bank, Accra Ghana. He was an oil merchant and a contractor. He came here in Ghana for an oil exploration from your country before he made the deposit through his Swiss account in Switzerland! I was his account officer. Unfortunately, while on a business trip, he died in a deadly Tsunami earthquake that occurred on March 11, 2011 in Sendai Japan that killed many people.

The management of our bank have been sourcing for a means to reach him so as to ascertain if he will want to roll over the Deposit or have the contract sum withdrawn, when I discovered that this will happen, I learn of his death, so I have tried to think up a procedure to preserve this fund and use the proceed for charity. Some directors have been trying to find out from me the information about this account and the owner, but I have kept it closed because I know that if they become aware of his death, they will corner the funds for themselves. Therefore, I am seeking your co-operation to present you as the one to benefit from his fund at his death since you’re from the same country, so that my bank head quarters will pay the funds to you. I have done enough inside bank arrangement and only have to put in your details into the information network in the bank data base and reflect you as his next of kin.

I immensely request for your optimum honesty and cooperation and Let me know your mind on this, and please do treat this information very urgent. We shall go over the details once I receive your urgent response strictly through my personal email address, ( we can as well discuss this on phone. Send me your phone number for easy communication anticipating your communication. Please observe this instruction religiously. Please, again, note I am a family man, I have wife and children. I send you this mail not without a measure of doubt as to what the consequences could be if my Bank finds out…This must remain a secret between you and I, as I can’t afford to lose my job with the Bank.

Please if you can handle it, let me know so that i will furnish you on the modality to follow also make sure that you keep everything you have any suggestions, advice or questions? Let me know what you think and I will throw more light on this for you.

Get back to me with the following information below for more details.

Name :_______________
Address :_________________
Occupation :_______________
Telephone Number :_________
Age :_____________________

I await your response but if you are not interested please delete this email.

Best Regards
Robert Albertson.

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