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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: kokou williams <>
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 12:28:44 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: God bless you

Dear Friend ,

I can't imagine how you will feel receiving a sudden business letter from a remote country in far away West Africa and probably from some one you have not closely related with, But all the same, I believe we do not need to be of blood relatives before we can establish cordial / business relationship.

Having said this, I think it is very important at this juncture to introduce myself to you and also disclose to you, how I came in contact with your email address, My name mrs kokou williams I work with one of the finance and security companies .

I got your contact when I was searching the internet for the family tree....of our decease customer, In my department I discover abandon fund deposit by the decease customer who die some years back and is no one to claim this fund.

however, since I got information about his death, I have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of his extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful after several attempts hence I decided to contact you direct based on this deal which is highly confidential and I believing that you will be capable of executing this transaction with me.

My Dear Friend, the deal here is that the money will be approved and remitted to you as the relation/patner to the decease provided you will give correct information to the deposit , I have such needed information and will hand it over to you as soon as we commence the transaction before it declared unserviceable .

I am contacting you because it is very difficult for me to lay hands on this fund coupled with the fact that the beneficiary was a foreigner from your country and cannot transact the business with anybody who is known to any staff of this Institution or anybody around this Country to avoid jeopardize at the end of the transaction.

Therefore, to enable the immediate release of this fund to your position I will need your contact address Phone and Fax for easy communicationso as well as to use it to effect the underground work in your favour as the beneficiary patner /next of kin to Inherest the funds so that Institution will transfer the credit balance of the said Deposit to your nominated bank account in overseas.

On This ground I request your unreserved but sincere cooperation devoid of greed in carrying out this transaction to avoid jeopardize or leakage,I am prepared to split at 60%---40% for you, provided that mine (60%) will be intact at the end.

if the contents dose not meet with your personal and business ethics I apologise in advance, be assured that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of the law, upon your acceptance I will clarify you more about this deal and the total amount involved .

Be warned not to reveal this deal to any third party to avoid jeopardize this transaction and my position in this office, please treat this matter as urgent as possible, kindly contact me ONLY on my alternative email as a matter of urgency through the bellow expecting your soonest response.

yours faithfully
mrs kokou

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