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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: koffi_baloy1@yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 10:07:50 +0200
Subject: FAMILY URGENT IN NEED OF ASSITANCE

FROM: MR KOFFI BALOY.

EMAIL:koffibaloy5@yahoo.com

TEL: + 27 764410054.


ATTN: DEAR SIR/MADAM


A CRY FOR HELP

I know you will be surprise to receive this mail; I got your contact through the net when I was searching a reliable
person who will assist my family out of this predicament here in south Africa. I am KOFFI BALOY, a son of a rich farmer
in Zimbabwe Late Mr EDWARD BALOY . My father was assassinated last two years in the war zone area in Zimbabwe.


My mother and i the only son are presently in South Africa, where we were granted political asylum. I inherited the sum of
(U.S.$22,700,000.00 (twentytwo million seven hundred thousand united states dollars) ) from my father, these money has
been successfully conveyed for me into EUROPE (AMSTADAM)and was deposited in private security and finance company by my
late father,befor his death. I have every documents to this fund including my father's last WILL.

My reason for contacting you is that this country is know longer a safe place for my family investment for the fear of
encountering the same experience of my late father in future since the both countries has the same political history and
common boundary, based on this point we seek for your assistance as a reliable partner to do this transaction with us
Abroad. If you are interested in assisting us to invest this money in your country or becoming my partner in business,
please try to contact me on the above number as soon as possible. Endeavor to keep this transaction very private and
confidential, Because it's my family lifetime future investment.
What will be your percentage for assisting us? Best Regard.


PLEASE YOU CAN READ ABOUT PROBLEMS IN ZIMBABWE FROM
THE LINKS BELOW.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/918781.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/715001.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/1063785.stm


Strength and tears: Angélique Kidjo sees


MR KOFFI BALOY.

(FOR THE FAMILY)


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