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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: falis koffi <>
Date: Wed, 17 May 2006 17:46:56 +0100 (BST)
Subject: HELP ME

To Whom It may concern,

Assalamu Alaikum

First and foremost, I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction and I pray that my decision to contact you will be given genuine approval considering the facts we have not known each other before; I wish to use this opportunity to introduce
myself to you.

I am (Mr.Falis Koffi ) from Liberia,West Africa, a final year medicalstudent. I write to inform you my desire to invest, and to buy a living house in your country.

I am the first son of Mr.youda ralf peter; my father was a diamond&gold merchant in my country.

My father had a bullet shot by the rebels on his way traveling out of my country with two of my younger sister's due to present crisis that is occurring in our country (Liberia). My sister's died on the spot while UN peacemaker, keeping force rescued
my father, and he was taken to hospital for medical treatment,which he later died.

Before he died he revealed to me and my mother about the boxes
containing: 60 kilo of raw gold and $10.5 million, (Ten million and five hundred thousand us dollars). Which he deposited with a ( SECURITY FINANCE COMPANY
IN GHANA) for safekeeping.

My father did not disclose any of the content of the boxes to the security company. To avoid the officials from raising eyebrows to the funds.

I got your contact thruogh your profile.Presently my mother and myself are here in GHANA to notify the security company for the claims, and we arestaying in the refugee camp.

Therefore I want you to lecture me on how best we can invest this money in your country. For your mutual assistance, my mother and I have agreed to offer you 30% of the total amount of the money.We have all the vital documents covering the deposit and the ownership, which I can send to you through fax on request.

I have never disclosed this to any person apart from you, so you have to keep this transaction as a top secret to yourself alone.Which I will want you to forward across to me your direct Tel/Fax number for more information about this transaction. I am waiting for your urgent and positive

Mr, Falis Koffi
(For the entire family)

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