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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. Donald Duke" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 31 Jul 2014 14:30:21 -0400
Subject: Contact Rev. Koffi Daniels @ +233542990397 !!!

Dear Friend,

How are you today? Hope all is well with you and your
family? I hope this mail meets you ina perfect condition.

I am using this opportunity to thank you for your great
effort to our unfinished transferof your winning check to you as a winner due to
one reason or the other best known to you.

But I want to inform youthat I have successfully cleared the check to someone
else account who was capable
of assisting me in this great venture.

Due to your effort, sincerity, courage trustworthiness you
showed at thecourse of the transaction.I want to compensate you and show my
gratitude to youwith the sum of Twenty million United State Of America Dollars I have authorized Rev.koffi Daniels where I deposited my money to wire in the funds to you as soon as you contact him.

My dear friend I will like you to contact the finance house
or Transfer the funds into your Nominated Bank Account.

The name and contact address of the Person with your bank draft is as follows.

FINANCE HOUSE HEAD OFFICE Address: Floor 10 Nal Tower
Building,Accra Ghana.(West Africa)
CONTACT AGENT: Rev. koffi Daniels
Tel: +233542990397

Contact Rev. koffi Daniels At the moment, I`m very busy
herebecause of the investment projects which myself and my new
partner are having at hand In London.

Finally remember that I have forwarded instruction to the
Rev. koffi Daniels on your behalf to transfer the amount of
Twenty Million United State Of America Dollars to you as soon as
you contact him without delay .

Please I will like you to accept this token with good faith

as this is from the bottom of my heart.

Thanks and God bless you and your family.

Hope to hear from you soon.

Mr.Donald Duke.

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