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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: paul kofi <paulkofi78@yahoo.co.in>
Date: Thu, 1 Sep 2005 20:01:50 +0100 (BST)
Subject: BUSINESS INVITATION


FROM MR PAUL KOFI.
MANAGER OF OPERATION
NORTH .ATLANTIC SECURITY AND FINANCIAL COMPANY S.A.R.L LOME-TOGO.

DEAR FRIEND

I AM MR PAUL KOFI.THE MANAGER OF OPERATION WITH THE NORTH ATLANTIC SECURITIES S.A.R.L.HERE IN LOME TOGO. NORTH ATLANTIC SECURITIES S.A.R.L IS A SECURITY AND FINANCIAL COMPANY THAT HANDLE PERSONAL,FAMILY AND COMPANIES PRECIOUS TREASURY,E.G METALS,GOLD, PRECIOUS STONES AND DIAMOND,AND ALSO,WE PROVIDE SAVINGS AND HOUSING LOAN TO PERSONS,FAMILIES AND COMPANIES.

I GOT YOUR CONTACT FROM OUR CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HERE IN LOME TOGO, WHEN I WAS SEARCHING FOR AFORIEGNPARTNER WHOM I CAN TRUST AND DO BUSINESS WITH. ON THE 5'TH JULY 1999 THERE WAS AN AIRCRASH THAT HAPPENED IN EGYPT.ONE MOHAMMED MOHD SALAHELDDIN LEVY WHO WAS OURCUSTOMER AND HE WAS AN EGYPTIAN CITIZEN AND AN INTERNATIONAL BUSINESSMAN.

HE DIED WITH HIS NEXT OF KIN IN THE PAINFUL INCIDENCE (AIRCRASH).BEFORE THE AIRCRASH,MOHAMMED MOHD SALAHELDDIN LEVYS DEPOSITED($35 MILLION U.S DOLLARS)THRITY FIVE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS WITH US,WELL PACTAGED IN TWO BOXES AS PRECIOUS METALS. DUE TO MY POSITION IN THE COMPANY HE CONFINDED IN ME BY TELLING ME THAT HE WANTS TO USE THAT MONEY FOR HIS PERSONAL POLITICAL AMBITION,SO HE BROUGHT IT TO LOME TOGO FOR SECURITY PURPOSE.

I AM THE ONLY PERSON WHO KNOW'S ABOUT THIS IN OUR COMPANY.SINCE HE DIED WITH HIS NEXT OF KIN, NOBODYHAS COME FOR THE CLAIM OF THESE BOXES CONTAINING THRITY FIVE MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS ($35 MILLION U.S DOLLARS BUT,WAS REGISTERED AS PRECIOUS METAL. HENCE, I SOLICIATE FOR YOUR ASSISTANCE IN PURPORTING YOU OR YOUR COMPANY AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO THE DECEASE.ALL ARRANGEMENTS HAS BEEN PUT IN PLACE FOR A HITCH AND RISK FREE TRANSACTION.

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN TRANSACTING THIS DEAL WITH ME,INDICATE YOUR INTEREST TO ENABLE ME GIVE YOU MORE DETAILS AND INSTRUCTIONS ON THE MODALITIES.I CAN NOT BE ABLE TO HANDLE THIS BUSINESS MYSELF AS A STAFF OF THE COMPANY AND ALSO AN INDIGINE. I AM GOING TO PURPORT YOU AS THE NEXT OF KIN TO THE DECEASED.I WILL GIVE YOU ALL NECESSARY INFORMATIONS NEEDED. NOTE:THIS TRANSACTION REQUIRES ABSOLUATE SECRECY AND
CONFIDENTIALITY.

THANK YOU AND REMAIN BLESSED.
YOURS SINCERELY.
MR PAUL KOFI.

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