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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: affi teihi <>
Date: Sun, 3 Dec 2006 07:45:01 -0800 (PST)
Subject: From Affi Teihi

>From Affi Teihi
Address: 08 B.P. 2030
Abidjan, Côte D'Ivoire/ Ivory Coast

Dearest One,

I know this proposal letter may come to you as a surprise considering the fact that we have not had any formal acquaintance before .but all the same I would want you for the sake of God to give this an immediate attention in view of the fact that the security of our live and possession is at stake.
I am affi teihi the only child of late Mr.and Mrs. Emmanuel Teihi. My father was a business man resident in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire before his death in march.My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on 10'th March 2003 i was a student in one of the secondary schools here in Abidjan Cote D'ivoire, and tracing from our family history my father came to Cote d'Ivoire when he was young and since then has lost contact with his real family in Ghana.

My father was an international business man, he was into exportation of agricultural and produce here in Abidjan.I now ask for your assistance in transferring this funds(4.500.000 £)SIX POINT FIVE MILLION EURO. deposited by my late father in a domicilliary account in one of the Apex banks here in Abidjan, I have the necessary documents related to this deposit Deposit certificate, Death certificate of my late father, Contact of the Bank here in Abidjan. I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways: (1) To provide a good bank account into which this money would be transferred to .(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 22years.(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/ input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated bank account in overseas, while 5% will be used to defray any incidental charges and cost during the course of the transaction,This fund is presently deposited in the suspense account hence not withdrawable until transferred to an active account,

I know that this letter may sound strange and incredible to you but the CNN and the BBC African bulletin normally have it as their major news features .Also I believe that this transaction would be concluded withing fourteen (14) days you signify interest to assist me, Anticipating to hear from you soon,Please writte me back with this email address ( for further clearification.

Thanks and God bless.
Best regard
Affi teihi

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