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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "MISS.AJUA MENSAH" <email@example.com>
Date: Tue, 11 Oct 2022 09:49:48 +0000
Subject: FROM MISS AJUA MENSAH, PLEASE GET BACK TO ME....
From Miss.Ajua Mensah
Manager International Commercial
Bank Ghana , Kaneshie Branch.
Greetings to you.
I want you to believe everything i am telling you here as absolute
I am a Christian I cannot deceive you, this is a genuine transaction
would favor both of us. I got your contact during my search for a
reliable, honest and a trustworthy person to entrust this huge transfer
My name is Miss.Ajua Mensah. I am the manager of the United Bank for
Ghana, Kaneshie Branch. I am writing to solicit your assistance in the
transfer of Us$3,300.000.00. This fund is the excess of what my branch
in which I am the manger made as profit during the last year. I have
already submitted an approved end of the year report for the year 2021
to my head office here in Accra and they will never know of this excess.
I have since then, placed this amount of us$3,300.000.00 on an escrow
account Without a beneficiary.
As an officer of the bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money;
thus I am impelled to request for your assistance to receive this money
into your bank account. I intend to part 30% of this fund to you while
70% shall be for me. The transaction(scheme) is risk free and the money
will be transferred to your designated account through bank-to-bank
transfer via telegraphic wire transfer.
All I need from you is to stand as the original depositor of this fund.
If you accept this offer, I will appreciate your timely response.