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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: "Mr. Toure Kone" <>
Date: Sun, 26 Mar 2017 12:40:32 -0400
Subject: Re: "VERY URGENT"

Good Day,

My name is Mr. Toure Kone an agent to formal president of Côte d'Ivoire Mr. Laurent Gbagbo who is currently in jail, I’m writing to inform you that Mr. Laurence kept ($900million) under my care and the fund was meant for back up fight against the French and African Union troops during the civil war.

Now he found himself in jail, after my last visit to Mr. Laurent Gbagbo we decided to use the fund for investment in your country to enable him have some business running while in jail, if these interest you and you are capable of working with me, you can come down to neighboring country (Ghana) for a meeting with me and I promise you that you are not going to spend any of your money, for this is not a scam story.

Please send me your contact number for further discussion.

Respectfully yours,

Mr. Toure Kone.

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