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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: Johnson Kwame <>
Date: Sat, 30 Sep 2017 11:14:38 +0000
Subject: HELLO

Dear Friend,

My name is Mr. Johnson Kwame, I am a banker and a regional manager of a
bank here in Ghana.I got your contact

through a reliable source, I need your help to transfer the sum of
US$10,500,000.00(Ten million five hundred thousand

USD) into your account as my foreign partner.

The fund is part of the profits made by our bank in the past 4 years, in
my local branch where I am the manager. I have

already submitted annual report for last year to my bank headquarters in
Accra , Ghana and they did not notice the

excess profits. I deposited this said US$10,500,000.00(Ten million five
hundred thousand USD) in an escrow account

without a beneficiary (Anonymous), to avoid any trace.

I cannot be directly connected to this fund because I'm still working
with the bank. So, I need your help to transfer this

funds into your account in your country for you and I to share. I offer
you 35% of this funds as my foreign partner and

65% will be for me. There is no risk involved because it will be an
online bank transfer to your bank of choice. So, I want

you to stand as the beneficary of this fund ,so that you can present a
foreign bank account where the funds can be

transferred to you as my foreign partner.

If you accept this proposal, I am prepared to go into partnership with
you. Please kindly reply to me for more information

on how to proceed but please disregard ,if you are not interested.

Thanks ,
Yours sincerely

Mr. Johnson Kwame

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