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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: Tony Koffi <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 14:33:56 +0000
Subject: Orphan crying for help

Dearest one,
Compliment of the day.
My name is Tony Koffi a young boy from Ghana. The source in which I saw your profile made me to contact you for help. I am the only surviving child of late Mr/Mrs Peter Koffi. My father and mother were famous farmers specialised in cocoa and gold business when they were both alive.

After the death of my mother long ago my father decided not to remarry because of the love he has for his wife and his only Son so he took over the family business alone until he was poisoned by his business associate after he was given the chairman of the association in Ghana known as the economic capital which he suffered the sickness and died recently. I am presently living alone in my country as an orphan.
Before the death of my father in a private hospital in my country where he was admitted immediately I came back from Lome - Togo where I am schooling, he secretly called me in his bedside and told me about the sum of Fifteen Million Five Hundred Thousand US dollars ($15.5 million) he left in a securities and finance company here in my country, It was the money he intended to transfer overseas for foreign investment before he was poisoned. He advised me to seek a foreign partner in any country of my choice to assist me transfer the money to foreign account because of my young age. He advice me to make sure that I look for good person to transfer the money where the money will be save and invested wisely. That the people who kill him may be after my life. After the burial I went to the securities and finance company for the release of the money, the securities and finance company director told me that my father made an agreement with them that the money should be release to me only when I am up to 25 years of age, or that I should appoint a guardian on my behalf so that they can release the money to me.
Now I am facing a hell of pressures in my country now and the people who poisoned my father is after my life. I have been severely attacked by unknown gun men in the formal hotel where I been hiding, right now two young boys had been killed by this assassin in that hotel as a mistaken of identity thinking that am the one. There was a rumor that I have been killed but God is on my side.
My uncle who was not in good term with my late father was the brain behind this incidence; meanwhile he has taken over my father business as well and was seeking for my life. My life is in danger and presently I am in a hideout where no one can see me. Right now, I am restless and in a total darkness condition. Please, I came across your profile and I decided to contact you for help because you seem trustworthy and in my mind. Please if you help me out I will share my life and whatever I have with you in your country. Nobody is away of the money as I am talking to you now as advice by my late father may their souls rest in perfect peace AMEN. I decided to seek your assistance to transfer the money to your choice account where it will be invest wisely as my late father advised. I will come over there to meet you and further my education after successful transfer of the funds to your account.
I need your help in the following ways:

(1) To serve as my guardian and assist to transfer the money into your choice nominated account.(2) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit for me in your country.(3) To serve as a guardian of the funds unit I finish education and come of age to handle the money.
To will invest the money in any business you know well in your country? Please your help will be highly appreciated, I am willing to offer you 20% of the total money as a reward for your assistance in the transfer and we shall discuss your percents in any profits of the investments.
Please reply with your decision.

Thanks as I hope to hear from you soon.

Yours, Tony Koffi

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