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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:

Date: Sun, 10 Sep 2017 00:16:50 +1200
Subject: Hello

I am Mr. Kone Ado, the principal treasury officer with one of the
prime banks in Ivory Coast. I have a business proposal which will be
of mutual benefit to us. Our bonafide customer died years ago living
no next of kin behind and i am making this contact to you because i
want you to handle this transaction with me, it will make it easy for
us to claim the fund he left behind. I am waiting for your urgent
respond if you are willing to participate with me in this project.


Mr Kone

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