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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 Collins <>
Date: Fri, 26 Sep 2014 09:08:16 -0300

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 children.

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 Commerce
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 partners.

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 Siera? 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 diffrent 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 Boardman 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,My duty is to supply my lawyer Barrister Peter Zwennes all the information a nd documents and he will also su

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 custody.

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.

Mr Koffi Collins.

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