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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: francis koon <>
Date: Mon, 24 Jul 2006 13:20:04 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From Francis Koon

Address: 03 BP Abidjan 03
Republic of Cote D'Ivoire
West Africa
From Francis Koon

I am an orphan. My name is Francis Koon and my father's name is Mr Joseph Koon working in the church. I am from Serria Loene, 22 years old of age and my father and mother have passed away. My father died the year 2004 and was buried in my country Serria Loene West Africa. According to my father my mother died when she was giving birth to me from too much bleeding and I am the only child of my late parents.After the death of my father I started to stay with my uncle Gilbert who has been illtreating me and forced me to drop out from school. He has claimed almost all my late father's properties except his house.

Just three weeks ago I managed to escape with the help of united nation organisation (U.N.O)from our country Republic of Serria Lone to capital City Abidja Republic of Cote D'Voire my maternal home where I am now.
Ever since I dropped out from school I have been having this dream of
entering into Investment in overseas, but there is no one by my side who could assist me both financially and otherwise help me transfer this money my late father lodge some large amount of moey $9.8 million in Bank here Republic of Cote D'Ivoire West Africa

My reason for sending you this message is to ask you if it would be possible for me to come over to your country at any time God permits, to start Investment with you? I think there are good Investment over there in your country where one could be well equipped in company extablishment. As my father was an anointed man of God before he died it would please God if I should start from where he ended.

Please don't feel hesitant because of our differences in tribe and culture or colour. We are one in GOD. The colour of my blood is red and yours is red also, and this indicates the blood of the Lamb (Our Lord Jesus Christ)
that was shed on the cross of calvary that made you and I one in the

Please anwser these questions below:

(1)could you be honest and sincere to help me transfer the money to your country for investment?

2) Could you keep this transaction and the email i send to you confidential to avoid anemies of progress around you or me beacuse we don't know who is bad in this modern world or .can stop your progress or my progress, like my uncle Gilbert does before he die.

(3) what percentage will be confident with you out of the total money in the bank $9.8 Million like i stated above.

(4) If you agree to take me as your own blood say yes or no? please we are far away to each other, however i want us to build trust and understanding to each other to avoid no one fearing each other so that we can progress on this transaction.

5) If you anwser above question and you also agree with me, please send me your private phone and fax number so that i can submit to the Bank while the Bank Director will get intouch with you for more informations step to follow for the transfer.

God blessings



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