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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: koffina kallon <>
Date: Sat, 6 Jan 2007 02:35:23 -0800 (PST)

My Dearest Brother,

How are you and your family, Once again happy new year to you and your family.

Brother, am very happy that you are now ready to help me cliam what i think have loost but this morning when i went to the OXFORD COMPANY they told me that you have aready contact them for this matter.

Brother, God will help you conclude this matter for us and i and my onley son Roland will come over in your country to start a new life again with you.

I will wait to hear from you once you have conclude with the company and pls do not let them to know the real content of the box becouse my late husband deposited this box as AFRICAN ART WORK INSIDE for security resons.

Pls Brother, dont make any mistak and i have trust you and i know with God all things is very very possible.

Thanks in all your effort.

Yours Sister.
Mrs Koffina Kallon.

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