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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: "viviane kone" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Sep 2008 20:36:57 +0000


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.
My name is Miss Viviane kone, the only daughter of my late parents Mr.and
Mrs kone. My father was a highly reputable busnness 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 on 12th.November 2006.Though his sudden death was
linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by an uncle of his who
travelled with him at that time, but God knows the truth!

Though I have not meet with you before but I believe, one has to risk
confiding in succeed sometimes in life. There is this huge amount of four
million five hundred thousand U.S dollars ($4.5m) which my late Father
Mr.bone kone, kept for me in one of the bank here in my country. My father
told me that I should not let any of our relations to know about this money
because he was kiled by them and if they know about it, that they will do
nothing but to kill me in other to take hold of every thing, He told me that
I should seek for a foriegn partner abroad who will help me transfer this
money to his or her account in abroad and also travel with him or her in
other to continue my Life and Education and also to start a Bussines
relationship with the person whom can take care of me in the future

I am just a university undergraduate and really don't know what to do. 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, My dear, I am in a sincere desire of your humble
assistance in this regards and your suggestions and ideas will be highly

Now permit me to ask these few questions:

1. Can I completely trust you?
2.Can you accept me as your own blood Sister (Or Daughter)?
3.What percentage of the total amount in question will be good for you?

Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible with your full
assurance that you will not disapoint me in this issue so that i can give
you the contact of the bank where my late Father deposited the money for you
to contact them to retrieve the money and transfer it to you in your

Thank you soo much for your understanding and may almighty God bless you and
your Family to the Glory of God Almighty.
My sincere regards,
Miss Viviane kone

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