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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: Mon, 8 May 2023 15:00:25 +0100


Dear Sir'

My names are Mr Anthil Festus Jr. A principal accountant manager of
works development mining company in Accra capital Ghana West Coast
Africa,Although you will be surprised how i managed to get your mail
address due to there are a lot of Internets Frauds and scammers in the
global societies at large,

Am here to let you know that i came across your private email address
through a friend of mine who is a present member Rotary Clubs here and
also one of our Synagogue Church Of God World Wide Members at Ghana
West Coast Africa here,

Then to your notice you should bear in mind that i have not yet
disclosed anything with her the full details of this type of business
transaction because it's required to keeps secret until the total
funds finally entered your bank account due to my image here in the
office o k,

And the reason why i contacted you was that there were golds and
diamonds fields companies that been executed by Japanese Construction
Company [ J . N . C . C ] during the time past Military regime
Government here in Accra Capital of Ghana West Coast Africa and i
believed that you might be aware during the time of the execution, and
the issues wast that the construction company has collected their last
full payment of their total balance funds on last 1st October 2022,

UNITED STATES DOLLARS [ $5,850.000.00 which i included as an over
invoice still left to claim,

But the problems why i have not claim the very over invoice till yet
is that we officials that presently working under the Ministry of
works here in Ghana west coast Africa are not allowed to operates any
foreign bank account since we are still serving Federal Government of
Ghana Republic Africa,and because of this reason i am mandated by my
colleagues to quickly looks for a trust reliable company or person
whom will help us to receive the total funds in his or her bank
Foreign account because the total fund are already placed in ESCROW
ACCOUNT without beneficiary through the helped of my contact man in
the Commercial Bank for Ghana here where the total funds initial
deposited from,

And this is only reason why made me to contacted you to help me
receive the total fund in your foreign bank account and if you like to
open new bank account to receive the total funds is also very much
good and 35% out of the total funds that transferred into that your
very bank account will be for you for the assistance,

Further more sir' you should bear in mind that there are no practical
risk involved because all the modality to effects this payment into
your bank account has worked out through the help of one the senior
banker officer that is presently working in the Commercial Bank for
Ghana here where the Japanese Construction Company collected their
last full payment,

Please sir' if you accepted to assist me to receive the total funds
then quickly reply urgently because of time factors due to the total
funds has over stayed on transit without any beneficiary and it is
going to take only [ 7 ] seven banking days upon submission your
private information as the present right owner and only beneficiary of
the funds to the corresponds Bank Headquarters for the final approval
and releasing the total fund into your designed bank account that you
will provide and immediately you confirmed the funds in your bank
account then i will come over immediately to meet you face to face for
the sharing of the percentage and also to discuss with you on how and
where we shall use some part of the total funds to do joints
investment with you over there in your Country,

N'B This is seconds times i sent this business proposal to you and am
still waiting your reply because the very person that recommended you
to me has given me full assurance that you will not betrayed me if the
total funds final entered your bank account due to you are a
reliability and trustworthy someone Thanks you very much and meanwhile

awaiting your urgent reply

Engr Anthil Festus Jr

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