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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "it will be a bank to bank transfer" (a common phrase found in 419 scams)
- "united state dollar" (this email uses bad English)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
Date: 11 Feb 2018 08:32:18 +0000
Subject: PROPOSAL FOR YOU BY DR. OFFORI ATTA.
My name is Dr. Offori Atta; I am the Regional manager of AD Bank
of Ghana Takoradi branch in the western Region of Ghana . I am
married with two lovely kids. I am a man of peace and I don't
want problems, I only hope you can assist me. I have packaged a
financial transaction that will benefit you and I, as the
Regional manager of AD Bank it is my duty to send in a financial
report to my head office in the Capital city Accra at the end of
each Business Year.
On the course of the last year 2015 Business Report, I discovered
that my branch in which I am the manager made Five Million Five
Hundred And Twenty Thousand United State Dollars (USD 5,520,
000.00) which my head office are not aware of and will never be
aware of. I have placed this fund on what we call escrow call
account with no beneficiary.
As an officer of this Bank I cannot be directly connected to this
money, so my aim of contacting you to assist me receive this
money in your Bank account and get 30% of the total fund as
commission though is negotiable.
There are practically no risk involved, it will be a Bank to Bank
Transfer, all I need from you is to stand claim as the Original
depositor of this funds who made the deposit with my branch so
that my head office can order the transfer to your designated
Bank account. If you accept to work with me I will appreciate it
My private phone number and my email is the above. Call me if you
think we can work together so that we can go over the details,
Thank you in advance and may God bless.
Dr. Offori Atta