Error message "vsftpd: cannot locate user specified in chown_username" while connecting to vsftpd server

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Issue

The following error is returned while connecting to 'vsftpd' server with 'ftp' client:

Connected to 192.168.x.x.
500 OOPS: vsftpd: cannot locate user specified in 'chown_username': username
Connection closed by remote host.

Environment

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 5, 6
vsftpd-2.0.5-12.el5 or earlier

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