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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: Barrister Andrew Lee <>
Date: Sat, 09 Sep 2017 07:52:47 +0000
Subject: Dear Fund Beneficiary,

Nkrumah Crescent, Off Quashi St,
Area II, Accra.

Dear Fund Beneficiary,

We wish to announce to you that one of our big customers sent some
huge amount of money in your name for the settlement of your long
awaited funds. This amount is valued at Forty Nine Million Five
Hundred Thousand US.Dollars 49,500,000.00(Fourty Nine Million Five
Hundred Thousand US.Dollars). Also following the protest of the
International Community, The World Bank, IMF and the instruction by
the President and Economic Community of West African States(ECOWAS)
that all outstanding foreign debts especially next of kin,Lottery
Winnings and Contract payments should be released to beneficiaries
forthwith unconditionally. To this regards we have opened up an escrow
account for this payment process, and have arranged your funds for
immediate payment to you forthwith and unconditionally we have taking
all this strict measures to safeguard the amount involved so that no
other person can have access to this funds except you and we shall
transfer the money to your account immediately,as we have been
instructed to make sure that this payment gets to you forthwith and

Be informed that you have been approved to receive payment and that we
have scheduled four payment channels to handle this bulky payment to
you. You are to choose from the below 4 lists payment procedure which
you will like to receive this payment.

1. We can convert the funds to an A.T.M and send to your address , if
you choose this payment process, then confirm your address where you
want the A.T.M card sent to,as soon as the A.T.M card is sent we shall
send you the tracking number so that you will know when exactly the
card will reach you.

2.(Bank Of America counter payment)In this process you can go to any
Bank Of America location fill out a withdrawal slip with the
encrypted details we shall send to you and withdraw your money in
cash. Note, that the maximum transaction permitted in the above
account on a daily bases is only $15,000.000 if this amount is
exceeded ,then your account will be freezes inline with the Bank Of
America Banking Policy Rules And Regulation

3.Online banking payment procedure,In this process an online account
will be set up for you with our sister bank in the U.S.A,and the whole
funds will be
deposited into this account,after that you will be provided with the
bank login details so that you can login into the bank website and
then transfer to any account of your choice while sitting back home on
your PC(personal computer),in this process you can transfer a daily
limit of $200,000.00 on a daily bases and more depending on the limit
your account can receive on a daily bases,this amount can be increased
after the first transfer.

4.Direct Bank to bank transfer from our local bank here in Ghana, our
mother bank the Central bank Of Ghana, Once money is transferred we
shall send you the payment slip for you to go to your account and
confirm it,the maximum paid in this process is(US$250,000.00) It is
very important for you to note that before any of this payment process
can be attempted you need to pay for a RELEASE ORDER CERTIFICATE which
costs only $149. So before any of this money can be released to you
must provide a RELEASE ORDER CERTIFICATE this document cost only
$149,and you have to send by

Western Union Money Transfer

with the below information.

Name:........... ISAAC BORTEY
Country ...........Ghana
City:........Greater Accra

As soon as you send the fees email the M.T.C.N Number city and Country
where money was sent from so that we can commence the payment process
immediately, there will be no way for you to tell any stories or
complain that you did not receive your funds, because if you fail to
receive your fund this final time it is your fault, as the funds has
totally been placed under your power and control,as you will confirm
the funds under 48 hours as soon as you pay for the RELEASE ORDER
CERTIFICATE,and please bear it in mind that this is the only
certificate you need to obtain. All you need to do at this moment is
to Obtain your RELEASE ORDER CERTIFICATE which we will issue to you
immediately as soon as you send the $149, so that we can confirm that
you are the final benefactor as soon as you provide this certificate
we shall release your funds to you immediately,in alternative.

Be made aware of the fact that this is the last payment for this
year,if you do not receive your funds now then be informed that you
might not receive it again or it has to be postponed until the next
quarter which is September next year, and before then your payment
might be tampered with or your payment files
misplaced making you spend unnecessary money. As a paying institution
we advice you take advantage of this payment because you might never
have such an opportunity again, as the payment has been upgraded to
our servers so that you can finally have your funds without any
further hindrance delay or Bank Protocol.The required certificate that
will enable you obtain your funds can be obtained from us, this
certificate cost $149 only, you are to proceed to a Western Union
agent to send the fees as soon as you receive this email so that we
can issue the document immediately release funds through any of the
payment procedures you choose, as this is the only way that this
document can be obtained because of the urgency of this matter. You
are to follow this advice strictly if you want to receive your funds,
note that we are very busy people and if we notice any UN-seriousness
in you. we might be forced to abandon your transaction. Your are also
to respond to this email with your full
name,telephone,occupation,position at work, fax, telephone, mobile
number and attached with a copy of your Id, because if your data is
not complete we shall not respond to your communications.

Note:That This is the only requirement that is needed for you to start
accessing and controlling your funds finally. We wait for you to
acknowledge our mail and don;t forget to send the fees $149 to the
above information for the RELEASE ORDER CERTIFICATE and email us the
M.T.C.N number and a scanned copy of the
Western Union slip for record and reference purposes when responding
to his email to enable us release your long awaited funds to you.

Finally be informed that you have only but 48Hours from today to
obtain the document and do the first transaction, failure to comply
with this instruction will result to us abandoning your transaction
and the funds returned to where they are coming from. Please do not
bother responding to this email if you can not meet the requirements,
as any email receive that is not in accordance with our demands will
be totally disregarded.

Barrister Andrew Lee
Nkrumah Crescent, Off Quashi St,
Area II, Accra.

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