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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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Fraud email example:

From: mariam kone <>
Date: Thu, 29 Sep 2005 09:55:37 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: confidencial


Is my pleasure to inform you of my desire of going into relationship with you which i believe you will be of great assistants to me that will make the beginning of never-ending family relationship,WITH THE INTEREST AND LOVE I HAVE TO LIVE WITH YOU AS ONE FAMILY IN YOUR PLACE. MY NAME IS MARIAM KONE, 20 yrs old, iam the only daughter of late ALAHAJI KONE MOHAMED A TRUE MUSLEM FAMILY ,i am about registering into Islamic University of Al-Madinah Al-Munawarah before my father's death occured to me,My father before his death was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan,the economic capital of Cote d'Ivoire,my father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings on a business trip

My mother died when I was a small child in a private hospital here in abidjan during her pregnancy period with her baby, since then my father took me so special Before his death on 12th march 2004, before my father's death he secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of Ten million,five hundred thousand United State Dollars.(USD$10.500.000) deposited in a security company here in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire, that he wanted to use this fund to invest more in his cocoa business in Ivory Coast here.
After the burial of my late father i went to the security company where the fund is deposited with all the documents regarding to the deposit of the fund that was given to me by my late father. But because of the unstable political problems here since last year as you can see it in the web site like this ( I instructed the security company to transfer the consignment to their affilliate office in Europe, the fund is presently in Europe now waiting for clearance.

I am just 20 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do.Now I want you to help me claim and transfer the fund for investment in your country because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory coast.The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life.

As of now I am no longer living in my father's house because of my uncles are after my life to make sure that I am not alive to take what belongs to my father, I am living in a church with a pastor in his church, I speak ENGLISH AND FRENCH, Dearest one with this interest and love I have for you, I will like to live with you FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. If you promise me of the safety of my life in your place. I will send you a copy of my passport for you to prepare a document that will enable me come over to your country and secure a residence permit in your place when I hear your mind, your interest and willinness towards me.

I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.
Now permit me to ask these few questions:
1. Can you honestly help me.
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. Will you make an arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country,
4. Moreover,I am willing to offer you 20% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account in your country, extra 5% for any espences that mighty encounter during the proccess of this transaction.
Furthermore,you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within seven (7) days you signify interest to assist me.
Anticipating to hear from you in to give you the contact of the security company over here.
Thanks and be blessed.

yours sincerly

Mariam Kone

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