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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: "Favour Kunta" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 16 May 2011 07:37:53 +0800
Subject: Please Help

Dearest One,

My name is Favour Kunta,I am 17 years old boy and the only son of the former cote d'ivoire Army chief (General Kunta)under the present government of my home father was just murdered in cold blood by president Laurent Gbagbo soldiers assasins last year december,Because my father advice him to live the presidential seat for the recognise President Alasane Quattara,Who won the eletion last year November to rule,he refuse and because of that he assasinate my father and my father is not supporting him in his evil doing and now i am alone .

my mother died when I was a baby.I have no Parent's.Meanwhile before the deathof my father he informed me about a deposit the of sum of Three
Million,FiveHundred Thousand Dollar($3.5 million Usd) which he deposited in a Bank at Lome
Togo,West-Africa and now this country (COTE D'IVOIRE) is in political problem which has cause a civil war in this country now and i move out to Lome-Togo for refuge and when i went to the bank where my father deposited the money to claimthe fund in the bank as my inherittance,The bank told me that i can not withdraw the money now,Because of the agreement the made with my father that i will reach upto 22 years before having access to the fund and this is why i contacted you now.

Please,i want you to do me a favour to receive this funds to a safe account inyour country For investment in your country,like real estate and industrial production as joint partner and You will also help me to place the money in a more profitable business venture in your Country. However, you will help me by recommending a nice University in your country so that I can complete my studies. It is my intention to compensate you with 10% of the total money for your assitance and the balance shall be my capital in your establishment.

I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely.Please Kindly send me the Below information so that I will submitt it to the bank for immediate procession of the transfer.

1.Your Full Name ..................
2.Your Contact Adrress...........
3.Your Fax And Telephone number .........
4.Your Country Of Origin ................
5 .Your Age ............
6.Your occupation ...............
7. Your Email Address ...........

I am waiting for your urgent respond

Your Sincerely
Favour Kunta

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