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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: "From Mr Stephen" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 01:42:08 +0000
Subject: From Mr Stephen

From Kone

I am writting you this letter with due respect and heart full of tears
i need your help, and with assurance that you will help me to transfer this issue ,
I am the only Son of late Mr and Mrs Kone. My father was a very rich and wealthy Gold Trader in Monrovia the Capital of republic of Liberia in West Africa ,I want to let you know that my father was poisoned by his business associates while my mother died when i am little as a resault of political crisis and my father took me so special because I am his only son.
Before the death of my father on 2nd july 2005 in a hospital here in Dakar , he told me that he has the sum of (Five Million u.s dollars ) which he deposited in a Company . he made this money from the sales of Gold, He also told me that it was because of this money he was poisoned by his business patners while on a business trip with them and he instructed me to look for a foreign partner who will help me transfer this money and invest it for me, my purpose of contacting you is for you to help transfer this money to your country before this people who kill my father will kill me , this people who kill my father are after my life and they want to kill me and collect the this money from me , that is why I'm now hiding my self herein republic of Dakar so that they will not see me,
Please i need your urgent help, Tell me how much percentage you will take in the total money of the Five , Million USD Dolars to help me in transfering this money to your bank and help me also to invest the money in your country , but you have to assure me that you will help me fully to transfer the money to your account ,l hope you will not betray the trust i have on you because this money is my only hope in this life ,and moreover you will also help me to come over to your
country were i will settel down for my life and continue my education , while you invest this money for me. i can assure you there is No regrate in helping me, this money is an inheritance from my late father, i will you to give me your Full contact like.
I Await your reply,
Greetings to you and your Family

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