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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: "Mrs. Florence Koffi" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 1 Aug 2014 12:40:52 +0100
Subject: Dear Brethren, Please, reply quickly

From: Mrs. Florence Koffi
Lagos - Nigeria

Dear Brethren,

My name is Mrs. Florence Koffi Citizen of Nigeria. I am married to Gen. Johnson Koffi who served with the Nigeria Army before his untimely death on March 20, 2003 when Federal Government of Nigeria deployed them for peace mission to Ijaw and Itsekiri Civil War.

Ijaw and Itsekiri Civil War. Please see links below:

We were married for thirty-two years without a child. Before his untimely death, we were both born again christian. We have been using our money to sponsor Orphanage homes in Nigeria and Rosamond Carr Imbabazi Orphanage home in Mutura, Rwanda until Rosamond Carr died. Please, see link below:

Since my husband died in March 20, 2003, I continue the good work by stretching out my hands to help people in need. I decided not to remarry or get a child outside my matrimonial home, which the Bible is against. For the past years I am a cancer patient. The one that disturbs me most is my stroke sickness. I have spent so much money all this while to treat myself but all in vain. I have handed everything about my health over to Almighty God. I am now preparing myself to go and meet the good LORD.


By February, 1999, My husband open and operate a time deposit account with MACQUARIE BANK LIMITED. My husband fixed an amount of US$11M (ELEVEN MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY) with MACQUARIE BANK LIMITED. His fixed Deposit Account Number is F.D500861. He (my husband) however gave an outstanding instruction to MACQUARIE BANK LIMITED to role over the fixed amount after expiration and credit the interest to his Domiciliary Account. This is what
MACQUARIE BANK has been doing over the years. The interest of this time deposit account has always been credited to my husband's LINK ACCOUNT which is his Domiciliary Account. Based on the outstanding role over instruction, my husband's LINK ACCOUNT (Domiciliary Account) has always been credited with the interest due and this has generated quite a huge amount of money up to USD1,500,000.00 (ONE MILLION FIVE HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATES DOLLARS ONLY).

On the 18TH JUNE 2014, three (3) of my husband's relatives presented some DOCUMENT(S) AND DEATH CERTIFICATE to MACQUARIE BANK LIMITED authorities and claim the fixed amount only. They however never knew that my husband operated the fixed deposit account with a LINK ACCOUNT. They has collected the whole funds from my husband fixed deposit account only and hurriedly share it among themselves. They did all this to me because of my health condition and they knew fully well that no body will fight on my behalf. They forgot that GOD is up there Watching. Due to what my husband relatives did to me without Conscience, I
started thinking and crying every day by day and by so doing my health condition got so bad. I have to go hospital on the 14ND JULY, 2014 for treatment. I am sending you this email from the hospital where I am taking treatment and the name of the hospital is as stated below:

Lagos, Nigeria

Just yesterday, my doctor told me that I would not last for the next three weeks due to the cancer problem. Now you know the extent of my misfortunes and tribulations and you can understand why I can not trust myself to more than one person, as it would be dangerous for me. So please take everything into consideration, resolve quickly and energetically.

I want an organization or an individual out there that will use the remaining funds USD1,500,000.00 in my husband Domiciliary Account for orphanages, widows, propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is maintained. The Bible made us to understand that blessed is the hand that giveth. I took the above decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money after my death and I am fully sure that MACQUARIE BANK LIMITED AUTHORITIES will confiscate this money after my death if I did not present any body to them before I die. I don't want my husband relatives to know about this money (USD1,500,000.00) because they are not Christians and they are extremely wicked. I don't want a situation where this money will be used in an ungodly way. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord, Exodus 14 VS 14 says that the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace.

Please, fill your confirmation details below and send it to me immediately.

1. Your Full Name:
2. Sex:
3. Date of Birth:
4. Your recieving address Home or Office: (P.O.Box not accepted)
5. Occupation:
6. Country:
7. Telephone Number(s)

As soon as I receive the above required information from you, I will use the above information to issue POWER OF ATTORNEY AND AUTHORISATION LETTER to MACQUARIE BANK LIMITED empowering them to transfer the money to you as my DISTANT COUSIN/NEXT OF KIN. I will also send my MARRIAGE LICENSE to you to back up your claim.

I want you and the organization to always pray for me because the lord is my shepherd. My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever that wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and truth.

Trusting you will faithfully carry out my instructions. Remain blessed in the Lord, Hoping to receive your reply soon.

Yours in Christ,
Mrs. Florence Koffi

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