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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 Joshua Essien" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:32:41 -0400

During my findings as directed by the Bank of Ghana, about your payment, I discovered from the records of outstanding payment due to foreigners with the assistance of the West African Monetary Union, Your name is on the list of those who will receive their funds here in GHANA in this Third quarter of this fiscal Year 2016.

I wish to officially notify you that this funds was Intercepted at the Kotoka International Airport by the Interpol Special Monitoring Unit attached to the Airport and was deposited at the Bank of Ghana, and the ownership was trace to you, and was to be process and release to you through TELEGRAPHIC TRANSFER immediately, but as a result of fraudulent activities, and some discrepancies discovered from the documentation as a result of corrupt officials, it was delayed, and will go through due process in other not to make any mistake.

Due to an application filed in by ADO A. NANA CHAMBERS on your behalf in favor of MR TULIO VINO your partner in Italy claiming you authorized that the afore-mention to be transferred to him. Kindly confirm this claim to me directly in written, and also confirm all your dealings/ experience as regards this transactions here in the West African, send names of the officials involved. This will enable us carry out our Investigations. as it is part of our duty to Sanitize the System by Checkmating the Officials involved in fraudulent financial transactions.

In other to commence the Legal Documentation that will give you or your partner the Legal backing for the update of your payment file to facilitate the processing of the remittance documents then the release of your funds, you are advice to follow the due process as I will guide you through all the relevant documentation that is needed to be done.

In view of the above, I want you to respond urgently to enable me update your payment file and submit to the Bank of Ghana to release your funds.

Your funds can not be release or the Bank of Ghana accord your recognition until the above issue is resolved and all the Legal document is issued to give the fund transfer a Legal Backing.

Yours Faithfully,
For: Financial Consult Company Ghana
Mr. Joshua Essien
Fin. Director (FCCG).

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