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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: "kuffor" <>
Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2006 08:19:53 +0000
Subject: trustworthy person needed urgently

Dearest one

Compliments of the day, I hope this email reaches you in good condition. I am WALE KUFFOR 22 years old, from Africa, the only child of late Mr & Mrs WALE ADODO .It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad on the 13 of may 2003.

Before the death of my father on May 13 of 2003 called and told me that he has the sum of Sixteen Million, Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars. (US$16,800,000.00) compiles in a metallic box and deposited with one of the security company in Western Europe on the 10 of February 2002.

Therefore, I do not want you to be surprised at the nature of my contact with you; the truth is that I actually got your contact on the World Wide Web (www) while I was in search of a trustworthy investor for assistance that will help me invest this some of money. Basically I need someone sent by God, who will not be of any mischief nor take undue advantage of my present situation.

Furthermore, I want you to help me remit these funds from the security firm as i am incapable of doing it myself because I am since in Africa, my late farther also said that the trustworthy investor or person that is willing to help me will as well help me in furthering my education when I join the person over there in his country.

I have with me the necessary document that the security firm gives to my father being secure with my name as a beneficiary.

Finally, i wish to tell you that after you might have remitted/collected the funds from the security company i intend for you to use the funds for the following;
1.To start a better life again and as well further my education.
2. Make a charity donation to ophanage home.
3. Meanwhile 25% of the total funds will be for you, for your Assistance

If you have interest you can mail me through this mail: for further details to be explained to you on how to can remit the consignment.


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