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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: Pete Koffi <>
Date: Mon, 27 Dec 2021 15:21:55 -0800
Subject: Hello Friend,reply for our mutual benefits

Dear Friend,

Please don't be surprise over this communication. I am Pete Koffi, the
director of head operations department. It is out of emergency as I
need your urgent assistance on transferring the total sum of
$ Five Million United States Dollars) in your account
under legal arrangement. This is an overdue contract payment which was
not paid out at the right time for a very long time ago as a result of
the sudden death of the beneficiary and his suppose next of kin. This
is a risk free transaction and i meant no harm to you at all.

So therefore if you are interested and capable to receive the above
mentioned fund into your account for us to share, kindly furnish me
with your personal information as thus:-

1. Your full names........
2. Your current residential address........
3. Your private phone number.........
4. Your current occupation..........
5. Your age and marital status.......

I am expecting your urgent response along with the requirements.

Thank you.

Mr. Pete Koffi

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