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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: Amina Kones <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 15:25:43 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Greetings From Miss Amina,

 Hello Dear,
"Please exercise a little patience and read through my proposal for your understanding"
I am Miss Amina Kones from Nairobi Kenya , a girl of 24 years old, never married and a first year medical student. I have a special reason why I decided to contact you, I'm interested in you for a long term relationship and investment assistance under your control. With due respect, pains, tears and sorrow from my heart. I am bereaved from all side of my life, it has not been easy for me and i have been facing many challenges of life ever since i lost my Father (Mr Kipkalya Kones) who was the former Kenyan road Minister before his death and he died on plane crash since June 10, 2008.
 For your confirmation click on the below link:
I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment which i am receiving from my wicked uncle and step Mother who have planned to take away all my late Father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father. For this reason, i want my inheritance funds of $9,500.000.00USD(Million) to be transfer to your reliable bank account since i have chosen you to be my investment Partner. The Funds were deposited in the bank's vault in my name as the beneficiary/Next of Kin. I have contacted the Bank to clear the deposit but the Branch Manager advised me to appoint a reliable investment partner to handle the transaction on my behalf due to my refugee status does not warrant me to make the claim myself. I am presently staying in refugee camp under the protection of U.N.H.C.R here in Burkina Faso.
I have the proof of funds existence documents to back up the transaction and i shall forward to you confirmation upon your acceptance to handle the transaction on my behalf, i have decided to offer you 25% of the total funds for your service and assistance and the balance shall be my capital investment to any profitable business/investment which you will also recommend to me as I have no idea of what and how to invest in your country. You will recommend a good school for me to complete my education in your country.
As soon as I receive your positive response showing your interest I will put things into action immediately. I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this transaction sincerely.
For more details, reply me direct to my private mail-box id :  ami_lor515@yahoo.comYours SincerelyAmina Kones

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