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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: "Mr. Koffi Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 05:13:23 +0930
Subject: Good Friend, Can i invest in your country?

>From Mr. Koffi Williams
Eco Bank of Benin
Republic Du Benin
Cotonou .
Mobile; +229 -640-880-29

Dear Good Friend

It interests me to contact you after my investigations on your capability and sincerity.

I have interest of investing in your country as well as seek your services in a private and confidential matter. I am Auditor General in Eco Bank Republic Du Benin On my routine inspection I discovered a dormant domiciliary account with the deposit of ($18.6 Million USD} by late Mr. Peterson Jones without any heir. I write to seek your indulgence and assistance in moving this fund to your country through legal means.
NOTE: My plan is to invest my own share of the money in your country.

1) What other lucrative investments would you suggest as I intend to invest on REAL ESTATE AND HOTELS if they are good business venture in your

2)Can you be able to make residential documents and purchase a house for me and my family to relocate and settle in your country after my
retirement in 2 months time?

Let me know if you can handle it so that we can discuss your own %. Please contact me through my private email address: or email:
I wait for your urgent response.


Mr. Koffi Williams
Auditor General
Mobile; +229 -640-880-29

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