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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: Steve Odonkon <>
Date: Sat, 30 Oct 2021 23:28:41 +0000

My Dear Good Friend,

I am Mr. Steve Odonkon, region Manager of Standard Chartered Bank of Ghana
Takoradi Branch in the Kumasi region of Ghana, I write to solicit your
assistance in a funds transfer deal involving seven Million, seven hundred
and twenty thousand united state dollars ($7,720,000.00).

I have already submitted an approved end of the year report for the year
2020 to my head office here in Accra-Ghana and they will never know of this
excess. I have since then, placed this amount on a Non-Investment Account
without a beneficiary.

Upon your response, I will configure your name on our database as holder of
the Non-Investment Account. I will then guide you on how to apply to my
head office for the Account Closure/ bank-to-bank remittance of the funds
to your designated bank account.

However i shall be waiting for your response and essurance. If this
proposal is acceptable, contact me on my private email below and send me
your full name and contact number.

Mr. Steve Odonkon.
Email-: ( )
Call: +233 269052704

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