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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: william koffi <>
Date: Mon, 9 Oct 2006 19:02:36 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: From Desk of Dr WILLIAM KOFFI

>From Desk of Dr WILLIAM KOFFI


Dear Q Madp,

I am Dr WILLIAM KOFFI a senior staff in the Auditing Dept of Diamond Deposit & Financier Plc, Ivory Coast. An American oil consultant / contractor with the ABIDJAN Shell Petroleum Corporation, Mr Madp made a numbered time (fixed) deposit for twelve calendar valued at US$15,000,000.00 (Fifteen Million Dollars) in my branch on Monday 09-10-2000.Upon maturity, the bank sent a routine notification to his forwarding address on 08-10-2001 and got no reply.

After a month, we sent yet another reminder and got no reply. It was finally discovered from his contact employer Shell petroleum corporation that our client died in alongside his entire family in a ghastly motor accident on Sunday 23-04-2001.On further private investigation,

I found out that he did not leave a will and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless as he migrated to Ivoryan sometime in 1971. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that he did not mention any next of kin or relatives in all his official documents, including the forms he filled during the time he was making the deposit At this stage,

I became interested and started making plans on how to transfer this fund the total sum of US$15,000,000.00 into a foreign account knowing fully well that according to the laws of the Federal Republic of Ivory Coast Section 2 Sub-Section 5, paragraph IV states that at the expiration of 5 (five) years, any unclaimed fund shall be reverted into the escrow account of the Federal Government of Ivory Coast with Central Bank if nobody puts claims of ownership of the said fund.I went ahead to meet with his personal attorney Barrister Fred Lewis and laid my cards on the table as I know very well that I will certainly need his assistance in this very transaction based on the legality.

He however assured me that he will take part in this if I will be able to find a trustworthy foreigner who has the same surname with the deceased so that he will present him to the bank as the legitimate next of kin and as thus, the legal beneficiary to the fund and the presentation shall be backed up with legal documents.It is based on this note that I went into serious search for a trustworthy person who must wear the same surname with our deceased customer hence I contacted you. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to our late client so that the fund will be released and transferred to your account by our bank.

Please understand that this transaction is completely risk-free putting into consideration that I work here in the bank and that we shall have the full assistance of our deceased customer's attorney since he is fully involved in this transaction. Please contact me immediately via a return mail indicating your willingness to work with us to actualise this transaction.

You are also advised to observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable to all parties involved.
Further information regarding this transaction shall be given to you upon the
receipt of your positive response.

Thanks and remain blessed in anticipation of your understanding.

Dr.WILLIAM KOFFI Audit Manager,
Diamond Deposit & Financier Plc

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