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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 <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 09:02:21 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From Miss Favour Kunta

>From Miss Favour Kunta

01 Bp 25687 Abobo 03

Abidjan,Cote d'ivoire

Please get back to me through

this email address(

Dearest ,

I am Miss.FAVOUR KUNTA,18 years old and the only daughter of the former Zimbabwe Army chief (General kunta)under the present government of my home father was just murdered in cold blood by the president Robert MUGABE soldiers assassins and now leaving me and I lost my mother,a couple of years ago,I have no Parent's.Meanwhile,before his death he informed me about a deposit the of sum of Six Million,Five Hundred Thousand Dollar(US$6,500,000) which my late father deposited with Bank here in Cote d'Ivoire Before he died.

I want you to do me a favor to receive this funds to a safe account in your country For investment in your country,like real estate and industrial production as joint partner.Please if you are interested in helping me to received this money in your care.

Kindly send me the Below information so that I will submit it to the bank for immediate transfer.

1.Your Full Name ..................

2.Your Contact Address...........

3.Your Fax And Telephone number .........

4.Your Country Of Origin ................

5 .Your Age ............

6.Your occupation ..............

7.Sex ...........

8.Your private email address ..............

After the successfully of receiving this money to your account,I will give you 20% of the total amount and I will come to your country to start up a new life with your assistance so that I can be able to live again and further my education.

I am waiting for your urgent respond

Yours Faithfully

Miss Favour Kunta

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