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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: harris kone <harriskone60@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <harriskone@yahoo.fr>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 17:41:41 +0000
Subject: From Harris & Janet Kone.



From Harris & Janet Kone. Abidjan, Cote D' Ivoire, West Africa. I know this proposal may come to you as a surprise as you don’t know me before now. My name is Harris Kone from Sierra-Leone presently in Cote d’ Ivoire with my little sister Janet Kone. I, contact you for a business relationship with you in reference of transfer of USD$6,000,000 (Six Million United State Dollars) to your account for onward investment in your country as our guardian. The money was deposited in a bank in Cote d’ Ivoire by my late father General Alfred Kone before he died. The death of my late father was confirmed by doctors as poison. Not being sure of who is responsible. He suspects his oppositions or our relations and feels they may be after us as his only children having lost our mother at earlier age. He gave me deposit information about the money and ask me and my little sister to leave to Cote d’ Ivoire for confirmation and look for foreign partner to assist us have the money transferred to for investment. Because the bank cannot release the money to us now due to agreement he had with them. We need you to be our guardian by taking us as your children, provide your particulars to use in transfer of the money to you and take care of business where the money will be invested on. Business suggestion and implementation have to come from you because none of us have experience in business or money management. We are willing to offer you 10% of the money for your effort and assistance when it gets to you before any thing is done with the money. Please send us the followings first if you are intrested,1. Your full name2. Address and telephone number3.The bank information to transfer the money to The above information is needed to enable us introduce you to the bank for transfer of the money to you as our guardian. We will send you deposit and bank information upon receipt of your particulars. Thanks and God bless you. Your urgent reply will be appreciated if you can handle this for us. Sincerely Harris & Janet Kone.
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