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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:

From: "Pappy Koffi" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2005 15:55:38 +0000
Subject: VERY URGENT !!

Refugee or ophan you will say?"

After much consideration and prayer I have decided to tell you all about
myself because I believe you can be of Assistance to me and my faith and
believe in God led me to you I am the only Son of my father, late (Mr.
William Koffi) from Darfur, In Republic of Sudan.

My father was a wealthy Cocoa and Gold merchant in SUDAN before his untimely
death. After his business trip to Accra, Ghana to Negotiate on a Cocoa
business a week after he came back from Accra he was assassinated with my
mother by Arab Militia, Which my mother died instantly but my father died
after five days in the hospitals.
My father disclosed to me that he Deposited the sum of US$28,500,000 in
Accra, Ghana and the Documents covering the Existence of the Fund is
presently with me and he asked me to seek for a life time investment Abroad.
Right Now I am in Accra Ghana and I have succeeded in locating where the
Fund is in Accra, Ghana and also confirmed the Existence of the Fund. I want
you to Assist me in clearing this Fund and Transfer it to your country as a
Trustee and New Beneficiary of the Fund in oversea, and also use it for an
investment purpose.
To be a guardian and also help me with Accommodation in your country because
Right now I can not go back to my country Darfur Sudan because of the
Conflicts Between the Black Sudanese Rebels and Arab Militia also known as
Janjaweed as you can see or hear it in the News or you can find out yourself
for more information at www.CNN.Com/Sudan

I am soliciting for your Assistance to help in Transferring this Fund to
your country, because this is my only hope in surviving in life and also
continuing my education.

Thanks for your kind Attention and mutual understanding.

Yours Faithful,
Pappy Koffi.

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