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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: lilian kone <>
Date: Sun, 3 Oct 2010 13:01:12 +0530 (IST)
Subject: Nice to meet you.

My Dearest,

Nice to meet you.

I have the feeling that this piece of mail will reach you in a perfect 

state of mind and in a better healthy condition. While searching 

through the net, I came across your contact address and decided to 

contact you. I believe and also have the feeling that in todays world, 

neither race,age,nationality nor religion will any longer posse a 

barrier to male/female relationships. Although, we do not know each 

other well but I will really like to have you as a friend or pen pal 

if that is better for you.

I am Miss Lilian Kone, single lady of 23 years old, Currently in 

Dakar, Senegal in a refugees camp.My hobbies are reading and watching 

movies. While I hope to hear from you soon, I also look forward to 

recieve some information concerning you, your family, country and even 

your personal life experiences. This will give us the opportunity of 

knowing each other better and be able to understand ourselves more. 

may God bless you as I wait to hear from you 





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