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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: john koffi <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 09:28:35 +0000

Dear Friend

My name is Mr. John Koffi, the regional manager
of International commercial Bank (ICB) Makola Branch Ghana.

I am a
Ghanaian married with two kids.

I have packaged a financial transaction
that will benefit both of us. As the regional manager of the bank, it’s my duty
to send financial reports to my head office in the capital city of

On the course of the last year 2006 end of the of the year’s
report, I discovered that my branch in which I am the manager made Six Million
Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars (6,550.000.00) of which my head
Office is not aware of and will never be aware of. I have since then PLACED this
fund on a SUSPENCE ACCOUNT without a beneficiary.

As an officer of the
bank, I cannot be directly connected to this money thus I am compelled to
request for your assistance to receive this money into your bank

I intend to part with 30% of this fund to you while 70% shall
be for me.
I do need to assure you that there is practically no risk involved
in this. It’s going to be a bank-to-bank transfer.

All I need from you
is to stand as the original depositor of this fund.

If you accept this
offer, I will appreciate your timely response.


John Koffi
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