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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: Frank Kufo <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 07:20:26 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: From frank kufo.

From frank kufo.
Abidjan,Ivory Coast

Dear one,

I am frank kufo, The only child of late Mr and Mrs kufo, My Late father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant based in abidjan, the economic capital of ivory coast before he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outing to discuss on a business deal.

When my mother died on the 21st october 1993, my father took me so special because iam motherless. Before the death of my father on 24th januery 2006 in a private hospital here in abidjan.

He secretly called me on his bedside and told me that he has a sum of (US$4,500,000.00)four million five hundred thousand united states dollars) left in a suspense account in a local bank here in abidjan, that he used my name as his only son for the next of kin in deposit of the fund.

He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates, that i should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where i will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose ,(such as real estate management). Dear,i am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways .

1) To provide a bank account where this money would be transfered.
2) To serve as the guardian of this fund.
3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a residential permit for me in your country.
moreover, dear, i am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort input after the successful transfer of this fund to your nominated account oversea.

Hoping to hear from hearing you soonest.

Thanks And God Bless.

+225 67 05 49 13

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