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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: David Kojo <>
Date: Tue, 23 Mar 2021 10:41:24 +0000
Subject: Hello!!

From Regional Manager

My Good Friend,

My name is Mr.David Kojo, I am a newly promoted Branch Manager of a Bank
here in Ghana, West Africa, I got your information

during my search through the Internet.It may interest you to hear that I
am a man of PEACE and don't want problems, I only

hope we can assist each other. If you don't want this business offer
kindly forget it, as I will not contact you again.I

have packaged a financial transaction that will benefit both of us, as
the Branch Manager of the Bank, it is my duty to

send in a Financial. Report to my head office in the capital city of
Accra at the end of each year.

In the course of the last year 2020 end of the year report, I
discovered that my branch in which I am the Manager made

excess profit of [US$7.5 Million dollars] which my head office are not
aware of and will never be aware of. I have since

placed this fund in a SUNDRY ACCOUNT.As an officer of the bank I cannot
be directly linked to this money, so this informed

my contacting you for us to work together so that you can assist me and
receive this fund into your bank account in your

country for us to SHARE.

I am offering you 40% of the total fund, while you keep 60% for me in
your bank account till I join you in your country

for the sharing/investing of my own share of the funds or better still
we can go into a joint partnership venture, I will

appreciate it very much.
As soon as I receive your response through this Email
( I will give you more details on how we can

achieve it successfully.

Mr.David Kojo

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