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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 15 Oct 2008 15:10:50 +0200
Subject: From James Appeal for Assistance.

>From James Appeal for Assistance.

Dearest One,

i am James kone from Sierra Leone. i am writing you from Rep of Cote
'Ivoire where we have been taking refuge after the brutal war and murder of
my perants by the rebels during the renewed fighting in our country. Because
of the war my late Father sold his shipping company and took us to a nearby
country Cote d'Ivoire where he deposited US$18, 300, 000.00 Million in his
foreign account with one of the bank here in Cote d'Ivoire Pls, i prayed
over this issue before contacting you and due to the courrent political
crisis in Ivory Coast i am seeking for your assistance to help me transfer
this Money to your account and also relocate to your country to further my
study and i am willing to offer you 30% of the total sum for your help.
Please, Kindly call me on this Telephone , for more detail or contact me on
this e-mail( addresse for more details.

Best Regards
James kone.
tele +25507710123

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