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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: "Ms.Rose Konate" <mrrose_k1@yahoo.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: rosekonate05@yahoo.com
Date: Sat, 24 Jun 2006 19:44:32 +0100
Subject: Ms.Rose Konate

Dear,

I got your contact from the Ecowas Infomation Center in Senegal.My sources of your contact gave me the courage and confidence.It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend to establish in your country, though I have not met with you beforebut I believe one has to risk confiding in success sometimes in life.

I am Ms. Rose Konate,the duaghter of the former minister for DEFENCE and INTERIOR.There is this huge amount of US$6.8million (SIX MILION EIGHTHUNDRED THOUSAND US DOLLARS)which my late father kept for us in the security company here in senegal dakar before he was piosioned to death by his business associate.

Now I have decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere save enough outside Africa for security and political reasons. I want you to help me claim and retrieved these fund from the Fiduciary Fund Holders and Transfer it into your personal account in your country for investment purposes on profitable ventures. If you can be of an assistance to me, I will pleased to offer you 20% of the total fund. while I have set aside 10% of the total fund for any expenses incur by you during the process. I await your soon response through our private mailbox:rosekonate05@yahoo.com


Your house Addres........................
Your Phone Number ......................
Your Fax Number ............................

N.B. Upon your interest, I will forward you the security company contact immediately .

Respectfully yours,

Ms.Rose Konate


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