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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: Koffi Koffi <>
Date: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 07:50:32 -0400
Subject: Please only reply me to:

Dear sir ,

Please only reply me to:

Compliment of the season to you and your family and please pardon me for sending you this unsolicited email. My name is Marac Akoon Jr, age 21 and the only surviving son of late Brigadier General Marac Akoon who was killed by the rebel in Sudan in year 2014.

Please consider the link below; ip.php?article49554

Since after his sudden demise, life has been so very difficult and almost unbearable.
So recently as I was going through my late father’s file, I discovered some very important documents related to his fund US$ 18 Million with gold bars of 65kg, which he deposited with a security company in the United Arab Emirate, Dubai.

I need your assistant and support to claim this fund to transfer it to your country for safety and Investment with a bountiful reward for your help.
Let me know if you have any interest so that I can email you more detail and the necessary procedure.

Please only reply me to:
Thank you.

Marac Jnr

Marac Akoon Jnr

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