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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: alfred daku <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 20:18:48 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From: Mr. Alfred Daku

From: Mr. Alfred Daku
Abidjan. Cote D'Ivoire West Africa

I got your contact address on my desperate search for a reliable person/company for partnership investments overseas.By introduction, I am Alfred Daku from Sierra Leonean and son of late DR Danladi Daku.Before the death of my father he disclosed to me about the total sum of $3.5 million US dollars he deposited under a suspense account with a bank in AbidjanC=F4ted=92Ivoire.

This fund represent the huge Sales of Gold and Diamond he diverted while in office as the director general for Gold and Diamond Mining Co-Opretionin in SierraLeone .For security reason according to my late father, he made an agreement with the bank that his partner/beneficiary will come forward to submit his banking details for onward transfer of the fund to his account. Dr Danladi Daku , my late father advice me in case if he died that I should look for a foreigner who will stand as the beneficiary of the fund so that the fund will be transfer to his/her account for partnership investment. Right now, I am in Abidjan Ivory Coast, transferring this fund to a trustworthy account .

Meanwhile, I am writing to know if you can stand as the beneficiary of the fund and to also provide me your banking details so that I will submit it to the bank for transfer of the fund for partnership investment you will introduce in your country. Note that after the transfer is made to your account, you will then withdraw some money and send to me in order for me and my sister secure the necessary documents to enable us come over to meet you for the investment.

On confirmation of your interest to assist us,the certificate of deposit with the lodgement receipt of the fund which was issued to my late father by the bank on the day he deposited the fund will be forwarded to you for your confirmation. 10% of the total sum will be offered to you for your assistance, while 5% will be set aside for any expenses that might arise during the transfer.
Indicate your interest as soon as you received this mail, and note that this transaction need to be confidential.

Awaiting Your Reply.


Alfred Daku

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