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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Wed, 7 Aug 2013 18:16:45 -0600
Subject: From Djakaridja Kone

I Djakaridja Kone, I am a financial advisor based here in Benin and to a
friend who died in December 26, 2003 foreign name who shared with you.I will
contact you to help recover its huge deposit of U.S.$37million in a bank here
in Benin before it is confiscated.

Waiting to hear from you for more details. Please get in touch with me as soon
as you read this mail.

Djakaridja Kone

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