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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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Fraud email example:

From: "remond kossi" <>
Date: Mon, 01 Nov 2004 11:33:08 +0000
Subject: Attn; Costiaan Lind Den Helder

First Class Legal Services and Co.
Boulevard de la Kara
Lome Togo.

Dear Costiaan Lind Den Helder,

I am Barrister Remond Kossi, a legal practitioner, I am the personal
attorney to Mr.William Helder, a national Of your country, who
used to work with Shell Development Company in Lome Togo. He used to
be my client my client.

On the 21st of April 2000, my client, his wife and their only
daughter were involved in a car accident along Nouvissi express
Road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.
Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy here to
locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his
last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family
hence I contacted you.I have contacted you to assist in repartrating
the fund valued at US$17.5 million left behind by my client before
it gets confisicated or declared unserviceable by the Finance Firm
where this huge amount were deposited.

The said Finance Company has issued me a notice to provide the next
of kin or have his account confisicated within the next twenty one
official working days.

Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over
two years now, I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin
to the deceased since you have the same last names, so that the
proceeds of this account can be paid to you.

Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then
discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer.I have all
necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for

All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see
this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed
under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach
of the law.

Awaiting to hear from you urgently.

Thanks and God bless you.

Best Regards,

Barrister Remond Kossi,
Chief of the group,
Lome Togo.
West Africa

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