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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: Chantal Kone <>
Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2021 16:12:18 +0000


I am happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds transferred under the co-operation of a new partner from Paraguay.

Presently I am in Paraguay for the new investment projects with my own share. Meanwhile, I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in transferring those funds despite that it failed.

Now contact my secretary in Benin Republic for your own share of the compensation, ask him to send you an ATM CARD worth of USD $950,000.00 which I kept for your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts you made to assist me.

Contact Secretary: Mr. KEHINDE DAVIES
Email Address:
Phone number: +229 67954929

Reconfirm the below information to my secretary:

1. Full Names:
2. Residential Address:
3. Phone Number:
4. Identification:
5. Occupation:
6. Country:

For your information, I have paid for the delivery Charge, Insurance premium and Clearance Certificate Fee of the Compensation ATM CARD showing that it is not a Drug Money or meant to sponsor Terrorism attack in your Country. The only money you will be sending to my secretary is US$150 only for the (Security Keeping Fee) of the Courier Company that will deliver your Compensation ATM CARD to your doorstep. Again, don't be deceived by anybody to pay any other money except US$150 only.

I would have paid that but the courier company refused, because they don't know when the delivery will be done in case of demurrage, you have to contact Mr. Kehinde Davies now for the delivery of your Compensation ATM CARD worth the sum of USD $950,000.00.

I appreciate all your efforts at that time. Please feel free and get in touch with my secretary Mr. Kehinde Davies and instruct him where to send the ATM CARD of USD $950,000.00 to you.

Thanks, and may God bless you.

Chantal Kone

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