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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: Mackson Konta <>
Reply-To: Mackson Konta <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 13:51:53 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Good day and how are you today?

Good day and how are you today?

I am Mackson Konta 20 years old, the only son Of Late Mr.And Mrs. Francis Konta From Cote d'Ivoire .I am an Orphan being that I lost my Parents. My Father was a serving director of the Agricultural board in Cote d'Ivoire here durring His days.

My Father was poisoned to death by his Family members because of His wealth. Before his death He deposited the sum ($8.500,000.00 USA Dollars) with a bank here in  Cote d'Ivoire.

Please i want you to help me get my fund out so that i can come join you and further my soon as i hear from you i will give you all details about this fund and where it was deposited and you to contact them so that they can release it to you,thanks and God bless you.

Mackson Konta

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