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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: Miss Maria Kone <>
Reply-To: Miss Maria Kone <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 18:43:05 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Waiting to read back from you urgent.

Greetings to you.

My Name is Maria Kone 24 years old female from the Republic of Cote D Ivoire,I am the only Daughter of Late Major Kone Jammeh, he was well known for Cocoa exportation from Cote Ivoire to United Kingdom for through out his life before he died in the year 2008.

Before his sudden death,My late father of blessed memory deposited a box that contains the sum of £7,200.000,in one of the Security finance company in United Kingdom (London) using my name as the beneficiary because i was the only child of my family.

My late father did not disclose to the company what is inside the box,because he deposited it as our family valueble items to the company.

Presently this box is still with the company in London,and i am presently living in refugee camp here in my village in Cote D ivoire since the death of my late father. Please dear i realy need your assistance and that is why i contact you for.

Kindly get back to me so that I will tell you how i realy need your assistance.

Waiting to hear from you.
Be bless, Yours in the Lord
Maria Kone.

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