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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: "Miss Zendi Konti" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 16 May 2006 13:05:16 +0100

Dear Sir/Madam,
First,I must solicit your strrictest confidence in this transaction and I believe that my decition to contact you will be giving genuine approval considering the fact we have not meet before. I am Zendi Konti the first daugther of Eng.Kwabi Konti who was the former minister of daimond mining cooperation in Liberia.My father had a bullet shot by the rebel on his way to Lusia west country city after Freetown the capital along with my brother.My brother died at the spot while the U.N.peace keeping force rescue my unconcious father.
He was later conveyed to Abidjan capital of Cote D Ivoire for medical treatment which he later died. While he was in the sick bed,He confide to me and my mother that he has two trunk box one contain (22,000,000.00) Twenty two million dollars and the other contains 60kilo of Gold which he deposited at a security company in Ghana as family precious item to avoid the official from raising eyebrow.during one of his trip to ghana.
Presently,I am in Ghana to confront and notify the security company for claim and the reason why am contacting you is because i want you to give me an advise on how to handle this consignment and also assist me to invest in your country.I have all the vital documents that coverred the deposit which I can send to you on request. My plan is to use part of the money to help some people in the refugees in camp and also use the remaining to purchase a residential accomodation and invest in a profitable business venture in your country.
My mother and I have decided to give you 20%of the total amount if you agree to be foreign partner.I have never disclose this to anybody apart from you so
keep it confidential. Right now I am staying at the refugee camp in Ghana.If you are willing to assist me,Kindly reply me and send me your private phone and fax number for more information. thanks and God Bless you
Zendi Konti

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