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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: "bendu konowa" <bendukonowa@latinmail.com>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2006 16:14:25 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: GREETINGS


MY DEAR ,


PERMIT ME TO INFORM YOU OF MY DESIRE OF GOING
INTOBUSINESS RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU.I GOT YOUR NAME AND
CONTACT FROM THE IVORIES CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND
INDUSTRY.I PRAYED OVER IT AND SELECTED YOUR NAME AMONG
OTHERNAMES DUE TO ITS ESTEEMING NATURE AND THERE
COMMENDATIONS GIVEN TO ME AS A REPUTABLE AND
TRUSTWORTHY PERSON THAT I CAN DO BUSINESS WITH AND BY
THERE COMMENDATION, I MUST NOT HESITATE TO CONFIDE IN
YOU FOR THIS SIMPLE AND SINCERE BUSINESS.
I AM BENDU THE ONLY SON OF LATE MR. AND MRS.
KERRY KONOWA. MY FATHER WAS A VERY WEALTHY COCOA
MERCHANT INABIDJAN, THE ECONOMIC CAPITAL OF IVORY
COAST; MY FATHER WAS POISONED TO DEARTH BY HIS
BUSINESS ASSOCIATES ON ONE OF THEIR OUTINGS ON A
BUSINESS TRIP.MY MOTHER DIED WHEN I WAS A BABY AND
SINCE THEN MYFATHER TOOK ME SO SPECIAL.BEFORE THE
DEATH OF MY FATHER ON MARCH 2002 IN A PRIVATE HOSPITAL
IN ABIDJAN HE SECRETLY CALLED ME ON HIS BEDSIDE AND
TOLD ME THAT HE HAS THESUM OF SIXTY FIVE MILLION, FIVE
HUNDRED THOUSAND UNITED STATE DOLLARS.
LEFT IN FIXED/SUSPENSE ACCOUNT IN ONE OF THE PRIME
BANK IN GHANA WEST AFRICA, THAT HE USED MY NAME AS HIS
ONLY SON FORTHE NEXT OF KIN IN DEPOSITING OF THE
FUND.HE ALSO EXPLAINED TO ME THAT IT WAS BECAUSE OF
THIS WEALTH THAT HE WAS POISONED BY HIS BUSINESS
ASSOCIATES. THAT I SHOULD SEEK FOR A FOREIGN PARTNER
IN A COUNTRY OF MY CHOICE WHERE I WILL TRANSFER THIS
MONEY AND USE IT FOR INVESTMENT PURPOSE SUCH ASREAL
ESTATE MANAGEMENT OR HOTEL MANAGEMENT.
PLEASE, I AM HONORABLY SEEKING YOUR ASSISTANCE IN
THE FOLLOWING WAYS(1) TO PROVIDE A BANK ACCOUNT INTO
WHICH THIS MONEY WOULD BE TRANSFERRED TO.(2) TO SERVE
AS A GUARDIAN OF THIS FUND SINCE I AMONLY 22YEARS
STAYING IN A REFUGEE CAMP IN GHANA.(3) TO MAKE
ARRANGEMENT FOR ME TO COME OVER TO YOUR COUNTRY TO
FURTHER MY EDUCATION AND TO SECURE A RESIDENT
PERMIT IN YOUR COUNTRY.MOREOVER,PLEASE, I AM WILLING TO OFFER YOU 15% OF THE TOTAL SUM AS COMPENSATION FOR YOUR
EFFORT/ INPUT AFTERTHE SUCCESSFUL TRANSFER OF THIS
FUND INTO YOUR NOMINATE ACCOUNT IN OVERSEAS.
FURTHERMORE, YOU INDICATE YOUR OPTIONS TOWARDS
ASSISTING ME AS I BELIEVE THAT THIS TRANSACTION WOULD
BE CONCLUDED WITHIN SHORT PERIOD OF TIME,YOU SIGNIFY
INTEREST TO ASSIST ME.
PLEASE MAKE SURE THAT YOU WRITE ME TODAY.
ANTICIPATING TO HEAR FROM YOU SOON.
THANKS AND GOD BLESS.
BEST REGARDS,
BENDU KONOWA
00233244861237

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