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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: "Mr Hamza Offori" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 10 Jul 2016 20:52:06 -0700
Subject: Dear AGBank/Customer 10/07/2016

Africa Global Bank Ghana.
Our Ref:AGB/ITU/HFE/1/5/WD/016

Dear AGBank/Customer,

The Management of the AFRICA GLOBAL BANK ACCRA GHANA, wish to inform you that after a brief meeting held by the Bank executives last week, You have to open an Online Bank Account under your name here in Africa Global Bank, to enable us transfer your Funds worth of $10.5Million, This is very easy to receive.

Get back for further instruction!

Yours faithfully,

Mr Hamza Offori
Africa Global Bank,
Payment Auditor

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