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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: Mrs Anna Kone <>
Date: Mon, 4 Feb 2019 12:49:36 +0100
Subject: Bless You My Dear,

Bless You My Dear,

I am Mrs. Anna Kone, I am married to Dr. Kone Akoma From Ivory Coast , I
and my late husband was into, Estate management and also a government
building contractor before my husband earlier death on January 26 2012. We
were married for eleven years without a child due my fibriod problem. He
died after a brief illness that lasted for

only four days.Before his death we were both born again Christian. Since
his death I have decided not to remarry or get a child outside my
matrimonial home . When my late husband was alive we deposited the sum of
$2.5Million (USD) dollars in Finance house.Presently the money is still in
Finance house Recently, my Doctor told me that I would not last for the
next Four months due to cancer problem. From all indications, my condition
is really deteriorating and is quite obvious that I may not live more than
two months, because the cancer stage has gotten to a very dangerous stage .
Having known my condition I decided to donate this fund to good person that
will utilize this money the way I am going to instruct herein.

I want to you use at last 80% this fund for orphanages, widows and and also
propagating the word of God and to endeavor that the house of God is
maintained and take the remaining 20% to take good care of your good God
Given Home. l took this decision because I don't have any child that will
inherit this money . This is why I am taking this decision to donate this
fund for charity. I am not afraid of death hence I know where I am going. I
know that I am going to be in the bosom of the Lord.Exodus 14 VS 14 says
that "the lord will fight my case and I shall hold my peace".

I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my
health .My happiness is that I lived a life of a worthy Christian. Whoever
that Wants to serve the Lord must serve him in spirit and Truth, always be
prayerful all through your life. Please i need your information so i can
forward it to the Finance house, to let the management know i have gotten
you to received my funds.

I need your Name,occupation,Address and Phone Number and Age.

Hoping to receive your response immediately.

Thanks and Remain blessed in the Lord.

l remain yours sister in Christ.
Mrs. Anna Kone

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