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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: george koffi <>
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 23:49:58 +0100 (CET)
Subject: Hello My Dear

Hello My Dear

Please fill free to go through this proposal,i kindly need your ultmost help over this matter Please.I’m Goerge koffi and i am 22 years old presently in Abidjan
Cote d'ivoire.
I picked interest on you after glancing through your short profile, I deemed it necessary to disclose this important issue. MY FATHER was killed during the rebel attacked on Nov -9 -2004 in Abidjan .However,before the death of my late father in the hospital he called Me beside the sick-bed and revealed to me about the secret deposit worth of US$8.5 million dollars he made with one of the bank here and he use my name as the next of kin. And he instructed me to
look for a trustworthy foreigner of my choice who will assist me to recieve the money into his bank account.Thereby i am pleading for your ultmost assistance to help me in field of investment of the money in your country into lucrative venture that would be profitable for our mutual benefit and as well stand as guardian of the fund and as well our gaurdain. Of which you will help me to come over to your country after the fund being transfered to your account,for i have to start a new life with your grea help.

Therefore,i decided to contact you for a noble assistance over this transaction to help me receive the fund in your account as my Gardain/foreign partner
to my late father to enable me have access to the fund,meanwhile i agreed to offer you 20% of the total fund for your kind assistance to me over this
transaction.Herein,upon the receipt of your response,indicate of your interest to assist me,i will furnish you with the full details about this transaction and modalities to follow.Base on this transaction you have to keep it highly
confidential,for security reasons and for successful transfer of the fund to your account.

However my late father disclose to me about the Deposit prove/document's regards to the deposit of the money with the Bank so upon the receipt of your reply Indicate your interest to assist me over this transaction i will not hesitate to forward to you the prove of the deposit.

Waiting to hear from you urgently.

Thanks and be blessed,

George Koffi

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