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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: "Mr. John Albert" <>
Date: Mon, 4 Jul 2022 03:58:42 -0700
Subject: My regards to you.

My Good Friend,

My name is Mr. John Albert, 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 Accra at the end of each year.

In the course of the last year 2021 end of the year report, I discovered
that my branch in which I am the Manager made excess profit of [US$12.5
Million dollars] which my head office is 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 55% for me in your
bank account while5% will be for any expenses that might incurred during
the process till I join you in your country for the sharing/investment of
my own share of the funds or better still we can go into a joint
partnership venture, I will appreciate it very much.

Get back to me for more details on how we can achieve it successfully.

Best regards,
Mr. John Albert+

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