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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: Princejohnson kone <pri_johns_kone12@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <pri_johns_kone02@yahoo.fr>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 21:19:09 +0200
Subject: Hello Dear Friend,



Hello Dear Friend, I am Prince johnson kone from Mende in Republic of Sierra Leone.I am just 25 years old orphan,Currently in Asylum camp in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire. My father happens to be a limited Gold merchant in the republic of Sierra Leone. Before his untimely death,a week after a business trip to ABIDJAN COTE D'IVOIRE,to negotiate for his Gold business,he was attacked with my mother by unknown assassins,which My mother died instantly but my father died five days later in the Hospital.My intention to invest the sum of $9 Million US Dollars (Nine million U.S. Dollars) in a foreign country,being money left for me by my late father who died recently. before he died in the hospital,he advised me to have patience as he has sourced for me sum money in a bank in Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire,what I should do is to look for a reliable and trust-worthy investor in a foreign country who can receive,invest and manage the money very well for me. I am now soliciting for you to help me invest and manage the money properly in your country,my areas of investment interest includes but not limited to real estate and hotel. Should you be interested,please furnish me with your full contact details including phone no.for more clarification,so that I can furnish you with more information for your immediate perusal. If you have any questions about the transaction,feel free to contact me as soon as you recieve this mail with my email (pri_johns_kone12@yahoo.fr) Best Regards, Prince johnson kone.
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