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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.Nana Koffi" <"www.">
Reply-To: "Mr.Nana Koffi" <>
Date: Mon, 30 Jan 2017 23:17:36 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Atten Beneficiary!!!

Atten Beneficiary!!!

I have deposited the check to the ATM OFFICE. All you have to do is to
contact them at: ( they will give you direction on
how you will be receive your ATM card. My agreement with them is
6000 USD daily until the whole of $1.7 USD is withdraw end.

You are not expected to pay for the delivery fee or stamp duty fee or
any certificate fee because all the fee is already Paid for you. The
only fee you will send to them before the delivery is activation fee
which i do not know the amount when you contact the ATM office, try to
ask them how much is activation fee.

Email them with your full address, the contact person is Mr.Nana Koffi.
Thank you. Mrs.Maryann


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