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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, 18 Jun 2019 12:29:21 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Financial Reconciliation

Financial Reconciliation
1:29 PM

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Michael Chuks
Financial Reconciliation
Officer, ECOWAS Bank for
And Development
Accra Ghana

Dear Beneficiary:

My name is Mr. Michael Chuks, Am the Current Financial Reconciliation Officer to ECOWAS Bank for Investment and Development (EBID) Association, Our unit known as (Wealth Management Team) was set up by the ECOWAS Chancellor of Exchequer "Eco movement" to reunite missing funds/Estates with their respective beneficiaries, Next of Kin or relatives. From the information's gathered here, you are entitled to $10.5 Millions USA Dollars which you may not be aware of

Please get back to me now for further clarification on this material directly to my official email contact at ::
TEL:: +233 2355 188 65

Yours Sincerely,
Michael Chuks - Wealth Management Team Leader
Ecowas Bank For Investment And Development
Accra Ghana.

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