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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: Tue, 6 Oct 2020 12:15:26 -0700
Subject: Re:Dear Fund Beneficiary.

(Head Office Annex)
One Thorpe Road,
P. O. Box GP 2674
Accra, Ghana

Telephone +233-200669327

Dear Fund Beneficiary,

I am Mr.Ernest Kwamina Yedu Addison,Governor,Bank Of Ghana.I am writing to
inform you about your over-due funds that was brought here in my office to
arrange and facilitate the immediate release of the amount of $4.500.000.00
(Four Million Five Hundred United States Dollars Only) into your bank
account as stated which you know that this transaction has taken longer
than expected.

I look forward to your response.

Best Regards

Mr.Ernest Kwamina Yedu Addison
Executive Governor
Bank Of Ghana.

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