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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: Elvis Kone <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 17:31:15 -0300
Subject: From Elvis Greeting.

Good day and peace be with you,

I am Elvis Kone 18 years old boy from Sierra Leone,i am writing you from
republic of Cote d'Ivoire where i have been taking as refuge after the
brutal murder of my parents during the war crisis in my country.please i
am seeking for your urgent assistance to secure my inherentanc to your
country for good investment project so that i can relocate to your country
to further my education study for my good future.

Kindly reply me and God Bless You
Best regards.
Elvis Kone

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