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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: micheal douglas <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 17:54:55 +0000

Dear friend.

I do hope this letter will not come to you as a surprise. It was borne out
of my desire to share a mutual business Relationship with you. My name is
Mr.Koffi Collins, 54yrs.I am married with a wife and five promising

I am a assistance director to Boardman SECURITY COMPANY here in Accra Ghana
branch. I got the information concerning you from the Ghana Chamber of
and after due consultation with my spiritual adviser, I decided to contact
you believing that by the grace of God/Allah, you will accept to be my
partner in this business.

I joined the services of this company in 1991 as an office assistant. I
have been working with this company for 20years. Within this period, I have
watched with meticulous precision how African Heads of States and
government functionaries have been using SECURITY COMPANY to move huge sums
of money USD, Pound Sterling, French France ? (Cash) to their foreign

They bring in these consignments of money cash and secretly declare the
contents as gold, diamond, precious stones, family treasure, documents etc.
Gen. Sani Abacha of Nigeria (dead), Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire (dead) Foday
Sankoy of Sierra? Leone. Gen. Ibrahim Babangida (Rtd.) of Nigeria / Muammar
Gaddafi dead.

All these people have hundreds of consignments deposited with SECURITY
COMPANY. Their foreign partners, Friends and relatives, are claiming most
of these consignments. A lot of them are lying here unclaimed for as much
as7yrs ago. Nobody may ever come for them because in most cases, the
documents of the deposit are never available to anybody except the
depositors and most of them are dead.Since the inception of the 2000
millennium,SECURITY COMPANY MANAGEMENT changed the procedure of claims of
consignments. As soon as you are able to produce all the secret information
as contained in the secret file of any consignment, it will be released to
you upon demand.

>From our record many consignments belonging to Gen Abacha / Mobutu Sese
Seko/ Muammar Gaddafi, has been claimed in the past 1 year. This is why I
am soliciting for your co-operation and assistance.Late Gen. Muammar
Gaddafi has about 7 different consignments deposited with several codes.
most of them have been here unclaimed since he\'s death, the family members
are not aware of the deposited funds since he never mention any next of kin
because all the consignment was deposited by Gaddafi himself when he
visited Ghana 1993. I have finished every arrangement for you to come down
here in {GHANA} and claim consignment No 1201 containing USD $35.5 Million
us, but if you cannot make it by coming to Ghana west Africa then the Board
man Security company director were the consignment was deposited can still
use their diplomat to convey the consignment [funds] to you in your country
or very close country of yours choice,My duty is to supply my lawyer
Peter Zwennes all the information and documents and he will also support.

Also they will demand some documents and secret codes which my lawyer will
provide on your behalf.

As soon as they are confirmed correctly, They will invite you for the
collection or they can use their diplomat to deliver the consignment to you
in your country. No body will ever know that I am involved in this deal
except the Lawyer who will write an agreement for us.I?ll suggest upon
conclusion we share 45% for you 10% for the lawyer then 45% for me and At
the successful conclusion of the deal, you?ll arrange for me and my family
to come over to your country as soon as the consignment has been in your

I assure you that the business is 100% risk free since Muammar Gaddafi is
death and nobody will ever come forward for those consignment because i am
the person who personally sign the deposit of the all the consignment in
the present of Muammar Gaddafi, it is very secure and risk free. You can
get back to me for further Explanations and directives on the procedure.

God Bless you.
Yours Sincerely.
Mr Koffi Collins..

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