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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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Fraud email example:

From: faith kone <>
Date: Wed, 23 Apr 2008 22:00:38 +0900 (JST)

Please do not be offended by this mail or the way I contacted you, it is about the only way I could get to you after going through your profile considering my present situation in which i found myself.

This, however, is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour it against your wish. I am Miss Faith Kone, 21years old and the only daughter of my late parents Mr.and Mrs.Kone My father was a highly reputable business magnet-(a cocoa merchant) who operated in the capital of Ivory
Coast during his days.
It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad last two year 12th.Febuary 2005.Though his sudden death was linked and suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who travelled with him at that time.
But God knows the truth! My mother died when I was just 4 years old,and since then my father took me so special. Before his death last year he called me in the hospital and told me that he has the sum of four million, five hundred thousand United State Dollars left in fixed suspense account
in one of the leading banks in Africa.
He further told me that he deposited the money in my name on the document proving the deposit of the fund in my possession now, I have visited the bank but i was told to provide an account where the money can be transferred.

I am just 21 years old and a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do. Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this fund. This is because I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of incessant political crisis here in Ivory Coast. The death of my father actually
brought sorrow to my life. Please, I am in a sincere desire of your humble assistance in this regards.
Please, consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.
Thank you so much.
Best regards,
Miss Faith Kone

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