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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. Kofi Adomakoh." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 2 May 2019 12:44:31 -0000
Subject: Re: Hope You are Good.

Dear in the lord,
Thank you very much for your email response.My name is Mr. Kofi Adomakoh 58 years old, I wish to make a donation of $8,520,000.00 million dollars to you. As my doctor just confirmed to me that I have limited days to live due to the cancer problems I am suffering from.
I have asked the lord to forgive me all my sins and I believe he has, because He is merciful. I will be going in for 3rd operation, and I pray that I survive the operation this third time I have decided to WILL/Donate this fund to charity through you for the good work of the lord, and to help the motherless, less privileged and also for the assistance of the widows genuinely.At the moment I cannot take any telephone calls, I have been restricted by my doctor, from taking telephone calls because I deserve all the rest I can get.
I want to know if you can handle the project for me as it is my last wish so that i will send your details to the bank for them to contact you as the one to carry out my last wish, Secondly when you ar replying my mail, i will like to know what your full name is and your number since i have your email with me. When once i read from you then i will send your details to the bank contact person. You are not going to pay any fee because i have taking care of all the payment.
If you can assure me of being able to handle my offer please get back to me for more details by e-mailing me.
Thank you,
Expecting to hear from you soon,
From Mr. Kofi Adomakoh.

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