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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: Solomon Kone <>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 10:34:38 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: From Solomon

Dear respectful one,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere business. I am Solomon Kone the only son of late Mr and Mrs Edward Koné. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan, the economic capital of Ivory coast, my father was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their outings business trip. My mother died when I was a baby and since then my father took me so special.

Before the death of my father on November 2003 in a private hospital here in Abidjan. He secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has the sum of Ten.five Million United State Dollars ( USD$10.5, 000,000 ) kept in a Security company here in Abidjan, that he used my name as his only son for the next of kin in depositing of the fund. He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates. That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as real estate management or hotel management.

Dear, I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways,

(1) To help me for the retrival of the fund from the security company and for the investment in your country,
(2) To serve as a guardian of this fund since I am only 22 years old.
(3) To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to secure a resident permit in your country.

Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as compensation for your effort/input after the successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas.
Furthermore, you indicate your options towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within ften (10) days you signify interest to assiste me

Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Thanks and God bless.

Best regards,

Solomon Kone,

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