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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: "Gilbert Gilbert" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 8 Sep 2019 12:51:03 +0100
Subject: Ref: GCB/IRD/GBX/09/019

Ref: GCB/IRD/GBX/09/019
Attention has been drawn over your unclaimed Allowance payment of Four Million, Eight Hundred Thousand United State Dollars, which was deposited with the Ghana Commercial Bank EXSCROW Reserve Account. GCB has approved the release of an ATM CARD to you, will release more details soon as i hear from you to confirm you are alive for claims.
Gilbert Kojo
Board Director,
Ghana Commercial Bank,
Accra Ghana.

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