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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: "koffi peter" <>
Reply-To: "" <>
Date: 28 Dec 2011 21:14:01 +0000
Subject: please reply for more information i need your assistance IS CONFIDENTIAL

Dear Beloved Friend,
Is my pleasure for writing you this letter, hope?You are fine? I want
to use this opportunity to Introduce my self well to you,I am Peter Nana
Koffi 23 years old, son of the late, Mr.Nana Koffi a diamond Dealer he was
dealing on diamond.Before His death,he called me be side his sick bed and
told me that he deposited some diamond in a private security company in

And he told me that any time I want to receive this diamond I should look
for a foreign beneficiary to assist me receive the fund form the SECURITY
COMPANY ,that is why I am Contacting you to stand-in as the foreign
beneficiary,and receive the fund for me,so please if you are willing to
assist me kindly get back to me with your Full names Driver's license or
International passport copy,Telephone numbers,Fax numbers and your contact

Please Email me on: (



Peter Koffi.

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