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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: david kone <>
Date: Tue, 7 Nov 2006 11:59:46 -0800 (PST)
Subject: cry for help


l sincerely write you this mail, because i need your assistance to help me
with what rightly belongs to me. However is not mandatory nor will I in any
manner compel you to honour against your will.Your profile pushed me to send
you this mail, I am Mr David Kone,28years old and the only son of my
late parents Mr.and Mrs Mike Kone. My father was a highly reputable farmer (a
cocoa merchant) in cote d' ivoire during his days.

It is sad to say that he was poissoned and passed away mysteriously in France
during one of his business trips abroad on 12th.December 2003.Though his sudden
death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle who
travelled with him at that time. But God knows the truth!
My mother died when I was just 4 years old, and since then my father took me
so special.Before he made the trip to france that lead to my misfortune (his
death) He called me and explained to me the reason why he will make this trip
and also told me that he deposited a trunk box that contain US$8.2million
in a storage company here in Ivory coast and that this money is for an
investment purpose overseas .He also told me that the storage company did not
know the content of the box as money but gold dust to avoid the storage company
from knowing the contents as money.

He gave me the certificate that he used for the deposit of the box at the
storage company and other vital documents of his asset before he died, after his death l went
to the storage company and establish ownership of the consignment.Now l need
your assistance to move this fund to your country for investment as that has
been my late father's aim before his death.

Now permit me to ask these few questions:-1. Can you honestly help me
withdraw the said consignment, 2. What will you like to take as your commission
to assist me in this project? 3.Please can you kindly arrange a letter of
invitation to enable me migrate to your country after this fund might have
lodge into your account?

lf this proposal arouse your interest kindly contact me with this my private email
address. Thanks for your anticipation cooperation.

Mr David Kone,

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