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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: "Samuel .J. Kofi" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Aug 2021 20:04:06 +0100
Subject: Please Your Assistance

Dearest Friend,

This message might meet you in utmost surprise. However, it is just my
urgent need for a foreign partner that made me contact you for this
transaction. I am Mr. Samuel .J. Koffie, the Managing Director of (EcoBank
) over here in my country, I have the opportunity of transferring the left
over funds of about (US$15,600,000.00) of one of my bank customers who died
along with his entire family in a plane crash in Northern Iran, who had no
relative to claim the fund and I want you to help me receive the fund in
your country or any country of your choice because I can not do that alone
except with a foreign partner like you. Is an opportunity for us to claim
the fund and give our life's a complete definition and meaning.

I am inviting you for a business deal where this money can be shared
between two of us in the ratio of 50/50 percentage. If you agree to my
business proposal, more details of the fund transfer including the related
vital legal documents concerning this transaction will be forwarded to you
for more clarifications as soon as I receive your reply. Please treat this
transaction very confidential. We shall go over the details as soon as I
receive your urgent response.
Have a nice day,

Mr. Samuel .J. Koffie


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