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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: Valeue Koffi <>
Date: Mon, 26 Mar 2007 02:44:52 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Cry For Help.

From: Miss Valeue Koffi
Abidjan, ivory coast,
West africa.

First and foremost and brief self introduction, I am Miss Valeue Koffi from Ivory Coast, the only daughter of my late parents Mr.and Mrs. Koffi. Infact as time goes on, you will know more about me.

My father was a highly reputable business magnate-(a cocoa merchant) who operated in the capital of Ivory Coast during his days. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously during one of his business trips abroad year 8th.Feb. 2004.Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by his business patner who travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth!

My mother died when I was just 11 years old, and since then my father took me so special. Before his death on February 8 ,2004 he called the secretary who accompanied him to the hospital and told her that he had a sum of €24.2 million Euro deposited in a security company in Europe.

He also said he used my name to deposit the fund with the security company as his only daughter, as well as the next of kin to the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates, that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money to and use it for investment purposes.

I want you to assist me in clearing this fund into your account overseas as a beneficiary of the fund, and also use it for an investment purpose. Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this funds. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory Coast. The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life.

Dearest one, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded.

Now permit me to ask these few questions:-
1. Can you honestly help me as a friend?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you after the money is in your account?

Please, Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible, as well I will like you to forward your private telephone and fax number to contact you when necessary.

I await your urgent response.

Thank you so much.

My sincere regards,

Miss Valeue Koffi.

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