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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: Alhaji Usman <>
Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2019 18:01:13 +0300
Subject: Re:

Dear Beloved Friend


After waiting to hear from you or your Ghana partner for a long time
now, I decided to make this direct approach to you as my new resolution
in other not to let it be if I have anything in mind against you. I do
not know if you have asked yourself why each time the release of this
fund is approved, all of a sudden, the payment will be stopped or one
problem or the other will come up if you have not asked this question or
you do not know, this is an opportunity for me to tell you.

Some time ago, your Ghanaian friends, I mean the people that introduced
you to the project approached me through my dear wife who work with the
Federal Ministry of Finance and requested me to assist them conclude a
money transfer deal they had with you. They requested me to assist them
by removing the original contractor’s name, company’s name and bank
particulars from the Bank Of Ghana vetting computer and replacing them
with your name and bank details in order to make you appear as the
rightful beneficiary of this fund.

I agreed on condition that they will pay me US$100,000.00 as soon as
your name appears as the beneficiary. I did as agreed and demanded to be
paid, but your friends started telling me stories, they even told me you
promised to send money to me.

Do you know that up till now, I have not received a single cent from
them and have not set my eyes on any of them? Based on their attitude,
I decided to stop the fund release movement because I cannot be denied
of my right in my own office considering the risk as it might affect my
job.. Secondly, I know the source of the funds that you did not execute
any contract in Ghana, although I am the only person privileged to know
this information and it is a fact. Why I am making this clear to you is
that I can see that you are still making efforts in order to conclude
this project. Now I am ready to forget the past.

I do not need the US $100.000.00 any longer from you but a good
compensation from your mind. I need your assurance that those colleagues
will be totally kept out of this transaction. I know that none of them
is aware of my new approach to you. Stop spending your money
unnecessarily to Bank of Ghana Officers both here and overseas because
you will not receive this money without my hand in it. I personally did
the work at the beginning and only I can perform it. Finally,

I need your promise that no official of the Bank of Ghana will be aware
of my involvement in this regard because of my position. Now re-assure
me that you will be willing to compensate me and that you will assist my
wife to establish a foreign account in your country where my
compensation will be lodged. Also a TT FUND RELEASE APPROVAL DOCUMENTS
will be sent to you for endorsement after which I will remit the money
within 48 hours.

I am a man of my word. If you are ready to conclude this business with
me, kindly contact me on my mail so that we can have a chat over this
issue once and for all. But if the reverse is the case, do not bother
yourself to reach me and forget about this money.


Alhaji Usman

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