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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: mariam kone <kone-mariam-8@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <konemariam_2007@yahoo.fr>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 13:11:52 +0100
Subject: Dear One,



Dear One,

Good day and Compliments,

I am writing this letter in confidence believing that if it is the wish of God for you to help me and my family, God almighty will bless and reward you aboundantly and you would never regreat this. I am 21 yrs old. I do like any person who can be cearing, loving and home oriented. I will love to have a long-term relationship with you and to know more about you. I would like to build up a solid foundation with you in time coming if you can be able to help me in this transaction.Well, my father died by poison during his business trip with his friends. I am the only person who can take care of his wealth now because i am still young and my mother is not literate enough to know all my father's wealth. He left the sum of USD 7,350,000.00 dollars (seven Million, Three Hundred and Fifty Thousand US Dollars) in a security company in here in Ivory Coast.This money was annually paid into my late fathers account from Shell petroleum development company(spdc)and chevron oil company operating in our locality for the compensation of youth and community development. I don't know how and what I will do to invest this money somewhere in abroad,so that my father's kindred will not take over what belongs to my father and our family, which they were planning to do without my present because I am a young girl as stated by our culture in the town. Now, I urgently need your humble assistance to move this money from the security company to your country and I strongly believe that by the grace of God, you will help me invest this money wisely.I will like to invest this money in a real estate business or any one of your choice. I am ready to pay 15% of the total amount to you if you help me in this transaction and another 10% interest of Annual After Income to you, for handling this transaction for me, 5% is for any expences which you willstrongly have absolute control over. If you can handle this project sincerely and also willing to assist me in lifting this fund, kindly reach me. Please, note that this transaction is 100% risk free and I hope to commence the transaction as quick as possible, I will send you my picture and other vital proof as soon as I hear from you.

Yours sincerely,

Mariam Kone
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