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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: Sandra Kone <>
Date: Fri, 5 Nov 2021 21:20:27 +0100
Subject: Hello dear one...


I know you will be surprised to receive my mail since we have neither seen
or met before.Well, let me start by first introducing myself to you.

I got your contact in my search for a honest and trustworthy person who
will assist me. I hope that you will lend ears to my honest and sincere
request. I am writing to you hoping that you will lend ears to my honest
and sincere request due to the urgent need to transfer my inheritance funds
abroad for investment purposes.

I am Miss Sandra Kone. 21 years old and the only child of my late parents
Mr & Mrs Gabriel Kone, My father was a highly reputable Gold and Cocoa
magnet who operated in Abidjan, the economic capital of Côte d'Ivoire
during his days. It is sad to say that my father passed away mysteriously
as a result of poisoning during one of his business outings

Though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been
masterminded by an uncle who travelled with him at that time. But God knows
the truth. My mother died in 2008 and since then my father took me so
special. My father's second marriage could not stand due to the ill
treatment being given to me by the woman.

Before his death last two year he called her secretary and I at his
hospital bedside and told her that he has the sum of seven million five
hundred thousand US dollars (US $ 7,500,000.00) left in a fixed/ Deposit
account in one of the leading banks here.

He further told us that he deposited the money with my name as the next of
kin,and finally issued a written instruction to his lawyer who he said is
in possession of all the necessary legal documents to all his wealth here
in my Country and also outside Cote d'Ivoire.

I am just a university undergraduate and really don't know much about
financial issues. I need an account oversea where I can transfer these
funds and after the transaction I will come over to your country .This is
because I have suffered a lot of setbacks as a result of the incessant
political crisis here in the country.

The death of my father actually brought sorrow to my life and I wished to
invest under your care please. I am in a sincere desire of your humble
assistant in this regard so that I will leave here and have a settled life
which is the wish of my father before his untimely death.

Your suggestions and ideas will be highly welcomed but permit me to ask
this two questions

{1} Can you honestly help me on this without betraying me?
{2} Can I completely trust you ?

Note: While I am offering you 30 percent of the total money for this
important assistance, you will also be the overseer of the investment until
I finish my education while I pray that you do not betray me at last.

Please it is important that you reply to me immediately for more details on
the next step hence it is my wish to relocate to your country as soon as
the transfer is concluded.

Expecting hearing from you so that I will know my position.

Miss. Sandra Kone.

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