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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: kodjo david <>
Date: Sun, 17 Jul 2005 08:34:06 -0400 (EDT)


I am Mr Kodjo David from Liberia. I am a widow
being that I lost my father a couple of months ago.
My father was serving as the chairman of Kandgida local diamond/gold minners association, Liberia until his death . He was assassinated last january by the rebels following the political
uprising /Before his death he had a foreign account here in togo up to the tune of usa$14m (fourteen million usa dollar) which he told
the bank was for the importation of minning equipments for the establishment of his proposed minning industries in Seirra Leone and Liberia.

I want you to do me a favour to receive this funds to a safe account in your country or any safer place as the beneficiary and the foreign partner who was to supply him with the equipments I have plans to do investment in your country on real estate and industrial production.

This is my reason for writing to you.Please
if you are willing to assist me ,indicate your interest in replying soonest.
Iam presently in the assylum camp here in Togo.

Thanks and best regards .

Mr.Kodjo David

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