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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: evelyen osafo <>
Date: Wed, 14 Feb 2007 00:16:47 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Hello My Dear

Hello dear,

Dear , i'm very happy to send you this message, please i want you to read it carefully
It would be very difficult for me to contact anybody here who knows me for this purpose .
This few words to you are because of the need to invest in your country through your assistance.

My name is, Evelyen Osafo-Maafo and i'm the only daughter of former Ghanaian minister of finance, Mr Yaw Osafo Maafo. Although he was sacked by President John Kufuor on 28 April 2006 for the fact he signed £29 million book publication contract with Macmilla Education without reference to the Public Procurement Board and without Parliamentary approval.

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My late father and my mother, they had a terrible car accident on their way coming back from the village where they attended my late grand mother funeral ceremony, back to Accra the capital City of Ghana, and they died in a accident, (may their soul rest in perfect peace) As matter of fact, but one week before this accident , my father told me secretly that he has garanted my future by depositing for me a metallic box , in a Security Company in Ivory
Coast (West Africa) , this box contains the sum of $9 million USD.

And he told me that in case of he had a problem , i should look for a foreign partner to help me to invest this money , And i have all the documents to prove it. So now i'm in Ivory Coast and i have localized the security company and i have got the confirmation of the existence of the metallic box.

So i want you to help me as following :
- Help me to move this money to your country where you are
- help me to come in your country and assist me to invest this money
- for all the effort ( moral and financial) you will done to help me , i will give you 10% of the total value , 5% for the charges of prestations and 85% will be used for investments in your country with your assistance.

I would like you to give this a highly confidential approach. Any question you wish
to ask concerning this transaction, do not delay to ask.
Am waiting for your reply..

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