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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: "Johnson Konar" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 05:01:40 +0000
Subject: From Johnson


I do appologise for approaching you in this manner but my present condition
has made me to desperately seek your help. I hope you're fine. My name is
Mr Johnson Konar the only son of Chief and Mrs Steven Konar From Cote
d'ivoire. I'm 21 Years old. Unfortuantely,life is not that so good on my
side. My sufferings and ordeals began after my uncle masterminded the
killing of my father in 2004 after his return from France on a business trip
.It was confirmed later at the hospital that he was poisoned.

This painful loss of my father traumatises me everyday, because I'm living
in difficulty. All the assets of my father has been taken away by my uncles
as i can't do anything because my life is been threatened. Before the death
of my father, I gained admission to read Ecomonics but could not complete
this program due to these problems.

Before he gave up the ghost, he informed me of the deposit he has with a
bank here in my country to the tune of USD 9.5 Million.This money was
deposited in a fixed deposit account with my name as the next of kin to the
deposit. My father loved me so much and wanted the best for me since i grow
up without a mother.He adviced that i should seek the assistance of a
foriegner from any country of my choice who will stand on my behalf as my
foriegn guardian to file claim for the deposit. He warned me that in no way
should i invest the money here because of fear of his enemies. I have in my
possesion the deposit document which the bank gave to my father at the time
of the deposit with the custodian agreement my father had with them.

Right now, i'm hiding away in a church guest house where i can not be easily
traced as my life is badly treatened.I have also suffered a lot of set backs
as a result of incessant political crisis here in my country coted'ivoire.I
really don't know what to do.

The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life. I am in a sincere
desire of your assistance in this regards. Your help in the following areas
will be highly appreciated.

1.To provide an account where the money will be transfered to.
2.To stand as my guardian and the new beneficiary of the fund to enable the
bank effect the transfer to your account.
3.To accept me in your family as your son or brother since i do not have any
body to take care of me.
4.To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to start a new
life especially for me to complete my studies.You will also be the one to
invest and manage the money for me until i'm able to handle it myself.

If you decide to positively help me, I will be very willing to negotiate
with you on a certain percentage from the total sum for your assistance
after the sucessful transfer of the money into your designated account

Thank you so much and God bless you as you come to my assistance.

Kind regards,

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