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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: alice kone <>
Date: Tue, 21 Jul 2009 10:17:03 +0000
Subject: miss alice kone

*My Dear*
*My name is alice kone, I am 28 years old girl. I lost my parents and my
only brother of 14 years to the war in my country congo. I am lucky that I
was taken to this place by one midwife who have families here in Ivory
coast. I am staying in a missionary refugee camp in Abidjan,but this place
was not comfortable for me.*

* I would like to appeal to you confidentialy to assist me concerning my
late father's company deposit here in Abidjan of $6,000,000 million
dollars I want to move out of from here because the crisis that started here
over years now is still on because of political crisis and there is no sign
that it will be well with the country for now.*
* Also the condition in this camp is not condusive for me i had naver be
into this condition before when my late was alive, Can I trust you to
provide your informations and a place for me to stay with you in your
country? Can I also trust you to care for me and to help me invest this
money in your country? will you promise me that the moment this money enterd
into your hand that you will not betrayed me?*

*If you are willing to help me out please indicate in your next mail to me
and let me know so that I will give you the contact of the security company
to enable you openup your comumications with the security company
officials, when i see your seriousness to assit me in this my critical
condition then i will give you the whole document issue my late father,
rightnow is still with me and that is my last hope for now. wating to hear
from you as soon as possible.*

*Miss Alice Kone*

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