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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: Bernard konte <>
Date: Mon, 11 Oct 2021 10:42:49 +0100
Subject: Business Partnership

My name is Mr. Bernard Konte and I write to seek your service to solicit
for your assistance and guidelines in making a business investment and
transfer of

$13,600,000.00 (Thirteen Million Six Hundred Thousand United States
Dollars) to your country and with you as a partnership.

Please I must plead for your confidence in this transaction. I am a high
placed official working with (construction department) in my country. Me
and my colleague are currently in need of a client foreign partner whose
identity we can use to transfer this sum of money.

But at this moment, I will issue more details about this profitable
business investment until I get your response which I and my colleague will
highly appreciate. This fund accrued legitimately to us as commission from
foreign contracts, through our private connections. The transfer will be
affected within a period not longer than two weeks as soon as we reach an
agreement and you furnish me with a suitable response indicating your
interest as soon as possible.

Bernard Konte.

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