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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: Tiemoko Kone <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 13:20:00 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Read and reply urgently

Dear Friend

With a very desperate need for assistance, I have summed up courage to contact you. I from Burkina Faso, presently working with BCEAO Bank, I found your contact particulars in an address journal. I am seeking your assistance to evacuate the sum of US$28 million to your account or any other safe account of your choice, as far as I can be assured that my share will be safe in your care until I visit you for sharing of the fund 40% for you and 60% for me.

And I will like you to respond immediately with your full names, address and contact number for fast in communcations and in other to put your informations in place as the next of kin. There is no risk at all as this transaction will be done successfully and with my position as the Foreign Remittance Director guarantees the successful execution of this transaction to your account. This fund will reflect in your account within five working Bank days from the day you reply to my mail. Please keep this confidential and let me know if you are interested.

Mr. Tiemoko Kone
Mobile: +226-6602-4985

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