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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: "Dr Koffi Nene" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 02:59:04 +0000
Subject: Urgent!!!

Dear Friend,

I am one of the Personal Assistance to the late
President Gnassingbé Eyadéma of Togo. I will not like
to waste your time.

I am looking for someone to be my friend that I
cantrust to handle some part of the money the
President wanted to go and deposit in Switzerland
three weeks before he died.

I am Presently in Ivory caost Because i cannot go back
to my country for now.All i want from you is your
assistance to help me received the said fund before i
come over to meet you in your country for further

The truth of the matter is i know that based on what
is going on all over the internet people find it very
difficult to assist one another and also find it
difficult to believe issue like this but i assure you
that as soon as you can garantee me of your trust and
honestly i will be able to work with you.

As soon as you get intouch with me i will tell you all
the modalities that is invovled in this project.
Iam waiting for your quick reply, you can equally
reach me on my mobile phone + 225 07501881 .
I will explain in details after your response in the next mail.
Please click to this site

To understand what I am about to make you aware this
is will make you understand what i am telling you.

My Regards,

Dr.Koffi Nene .

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