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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:

Date: Fri, 29 Sep 2017 07:51:09 +0800
Subject: Re: REGARDS

Attn: Friend,

I have been in search of someone with same name as yours, And it is my pleasure to seek for your business assistance, and I want you to consider it very important. This is an opportunity I would like us to utilize very well. I am Mr. Abrahim Ansah, Non-Executive Director and an officer in charge of auditing and accounting section with (Ghana Commercial Bank Ltd), and also a relationship account officer to Dr. Frederick Dervishi. In 2007, One Late Dr. Frederick Dervishi, citizen of your country had a fixed deposit with my bank for 36 calendar months, valued US$7,400,000.00 (Seven Million, Four Hundred Thousand US Dollars) the due date for this deposit contract was this 16th December 2016. Sadly, Dr. Frederick was among the death victims in the Earthquake disaster that occurred on the May 12, 2008 in Sichuan province of China that killed thousands of people. He was in China on a business trip and that was how he met his end.

I have carried out various inquiries to locate any of his clients and extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful. Since the demise of this our customer, Dr. Frederick, who was a seasoned oil Merchant/contractor here, I have kept a close watch of the deposit records and accounts, and since then nobody has come to claim the said money in this account as the next of kin. I hereby write in regards to this effect to have you stand as the rightful beneficiary to Late Dr. Frederick, so that the funds will be claimed, released and transferred into your local bank account before my Bank declare the total funds unserviceable or confiscated.

Please you will be entitled to a percentage that will be discussed later with you and there is no risk involved in this regard, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of law. I immensely request for your optimum honesty and cooperation and Let me know your mind on this, and please do treat this information as TOP SECRET. 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 if you so desire.

Anticipating your communication.
Mr. Abrahim.Ansah
Director DSU +233-554599099

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