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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: Adah Kofi <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 11:57:12 +0900 (JST)

Ivory Coast.

Dear One,

With due respect and with God all thing were possible that is why I call for help to please Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you.

I am Adah Kofi the only son of late Mr. Joseph Kofi, My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Ivory Coast, my father was poisoned to death by his business associates on the first of October 2007 on their outing for a business trip.

My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special. Before the death of my father on the First of October 2007 in a private hospital here in Ivory Coast he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of Sixteen Million United State Dollars.
US(16.m) left in fixed /suspense account in one of the prime bank here in Ivory Coast that he used my name as his only son for the next of Kin in Depositing of the money.

He told me that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer this money into and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management.

I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways:

(1) To provide a bank account in which this money would be transferred into.
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 23 years old.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas.

All the necessary arrangement has been made at the bank where my late father deposited this money and the Director of the bank told me that as soon as an account of my choice is forwarded to their bank that they will transfer this fund into my destination.

Please reply immediately for us to proceed in this transaction which I believed that in few days you shall call me for good news that you have comfirm my money in an account which you will provide to the bank where my inheritance was deposited into.

Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believed that this transaction would be concluded within three (3) days you signify interest to assist me.

Anticipating to hear your voice immediately.
Thanks and God bless you.
Best regards,

Adah Kofi.

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