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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: Linda Kone <>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 13:11:20 +0100
Subject: From Ms. Linda Kone

Dear One,
it is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend to
establish in your country. Though we have never met before but I believe one
has to risk confidence to succeed sometimes in life. There is this huge
amount of Three million Eight Hundred Thousands U.S dollars ($3.800.000.00)
which my late Father kept with a Fiduciary Fund Holder in Abidjan before his
untimely death
Now, I am 22years old , recently my late father’s legal lawyer explained to
me that it was because of this wealth that made my later fathers’ business
associates to poison him. He asked me to seek for a foreign partner of any
country of my choice outside Africa where I will transfer this money and
invest it wisely and complete my education for security and political reason
as my late father instructed him.

I am soliciting you to assist me claim and retrieve this fund from the
Fiduciary Fund Holders Company and transfer it into your personal account in
your country for investment purposes on these areas
1). Telecommunication
2). The transport industry
3). Five star hotel
If you can be of any assistance to me I will be pleased to offer to you 20%
of the total fund. Any delay in your reply will give me room in sourcing
another person for this same purpose.

I await your soonest response.
Ms.Linda Kone

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