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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:

Date: Tue, 24 Mar 2009 11:59:37 +0200
Subject: My Dear Friend,

Good day,I am Miss. Cynthia Konate from Guinea - West Africa, I worked with
the late president of Guinea Lansana Conte for 12 years over all his
investments outside Africa, I am writing you because of the confidentiality
involved in the transaction I carried out for the president in Republic Of
London, as a matter of fact we had started negotiation for the purchase of a
Five Stars Hotel in China and Dubai before his death. I and my brother was the
person negotiating with the sellers, it because of this my brother who is a
very trusted person to my late boss President Lansana Conte, before his death,
I help him to deposit Ten million united states dollars (US$10,000,000.00) in
a Security Firm in London which is to be use for the purchase of the hotel and
because of his long illness, he never visited the Security Firm in London and
this fund is not know by anybody but my brother.Now I am asking for your
assistance by front you as the co-beneficiary of this fund and help to
purchase the hotel. Immediately I receive your confirmation and readiness to
participate and handle this fund and purchase of Five Star Hotel or invest in
any good business in your country, I will introduce you to my brother Mr. Ken
Konate who is right now in London, who is to act on my behalf in all matters
concerning this transaction because I will not be able to travel often because
right now so many eyes are on me as who they know have been working with the
president for so many years but when all matter is finalized, I will be around
to see you in person. Please note the following as regarding this transaction*
you will be required to send your full name, address, personal telephone
number and any of your ID.* You will be the Chairman of the Board of Directors
of the Hotel to be purchase.* You will be given 30% of the total funds. Please
note that you might have to come down to London - England to complete this
transaction, claiming of the funds from the Security Firm, also note that all
documents regarding this transaction cannot and will not be sent to you in
advance for Security reasons but will be given to you when you are ready for
this transaction. I must thank you for the time you have spent with me on this
message and please remember great achievement are conceived in secrecy, so
lets us keep this transaction a secret for successful attainment and I wish
you a good day.Regards,Cynthia Konate.


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