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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: jon clottey <>
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 08:14:15 -0700
Subject: GOOD DAY

FromJ.B. Clottey,
External and Internal Audit Control Unit.
Bank of Ghana .

Good day,

I am Mr. J.B. Clottey. I have emailed you earlier on without any
response from you. I am among the Advisory Panel that was mandated to
advise the Bank on external and internal audit control systems of the
Bank, hence I have decided to contact you to stand of the next of kin
to the deceased customer to enable us receive his deposit as
inheritance for investment amounted to US$39Million only.

On my first email I mentioned about my late client whose relatives I
cannot get in touch with. But both of you have the same last name so
it will be very easy to front you as his official next of kin. I am
compelled to do this because I would not want the finance house to
push my client??s funds into their treasury as unclaimed inheritance.

Note that you are to furnishing me with the requested information's
bellow immediately;

(1)Full names.
(2)Contact address.
(3)Telephone and fax numbers.

If you are interested you do let me know so that I can give you
Comprehensive details on what we are to do.
Waiting for your response.
Many Thanks,

Mr. J.B. Clottey



German translate

Herr FromJ.B . Clottey ,
Externe und Interne Revision Control Unit .
Bank of Ghana.

Guten Tag,

Ich bin Herr J. B. Clottey . Ich Ihnen per E-Mail haben früher ohne
Antwort von Ihnen . Ich bin unter den Advisory Panel , die beauftragt
wurde , die Bank auf externe und interne Revision Kontrollsysteme der
Bank beraten , daher habe ich mich entschlossen , Sie zu kontaktieren
, um die nächsten Angehörigen der verstorbenen Kunden zu stehen ,
damit wir seine Einzahlung als Erbe für Investitionen beliefen sich
auf nur US $ 39Million .

Auf meiner ersten E-Mail ich über meine späte Kunden, dessen
Verwandten kann ich nicht in Berührung kommen mit erwähnt. Aber beide
haben den gleichen Nachnamen , so wird es sehr einfach, vor Ihnen als
seinem offiziellen nächsten Angehörigen . Ich bin gezwungen , dies zu
tun , denn ich möchte nicht, dass das Finanzhaus zu meinem Kunden ? S
Mittel in ihre eigene als unzustellbar Erbe zu schieben.

Beachten Sie, dass Sie mich mit der gewünschten Informationen sofort
unten Einrichtung sind ;

(1) Vollständige Namen .
(2) Kontakt -Adresse.
(3 ) Telefon -und Faxnummern .
(4) Ort .

Wenn Sie interessiert sind, lassen Sie es mich wissen, damit kann ich
Ihnen umfassende Informationen über das, was wir tun sollen .
Warten auf Ihre Antwort.
Vielen Dank ,

Herr J. B. Clottey

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