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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: Zelina kona <>
Date: Wed, 29 Dec 2021 10:52:13 -0800
Subject: My Beloved One

My Beloved One,

I greet you in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, It is true that this
letter may come to you as a surprise. Nevertheless, I humbly ask you to
give me your attention and hear me well. My name is Mrs. Zelina
kona from South Africa. I am married to Mr. Joseph Kona who worked with our
Embassy here in Ivory Coast for a period of 8 years before he died.

We were married for 15 years without a child before he died after a brief
illness. Since his death I decided not to remarry due to my religious belief
When my late husband was alive he deposited the sum of US$6.5m ( Six
Million Five Hundred Thousand United State American dollars ) with a Bank
here in Ivory coast presently this money is still in the custody of the
Bank here in Ivory coast Recently, my doctor told me that I would not last
for the next Four months due to cancer illness.

Having known my condition I decided to donate this money to churches,
organizations or good people that will utilize this money the way I am
going to instruct herein.

I want you to use this money for churches,Charity organizations,
Orphanages, widows, destitute, the down-trodden, physically challenged
children, Barren-women and other people that are in need. l took this
decision because I don't have any child that will inherit this money.
Moreover, my husband's relatives have plundered so much of my money since
my illness and it had been their wish to see me dead in order to inherit
his wealth since we have no Child. These people are not worthy of this
inheritance. This is why I made this decision.

I don't need any telephone communication in this regard because of my
ill-health. As soon as I receive your reply I will give you the contact of
the Bank here in Ivory Coast where this money is deposited. I will also
issue a letter of authorization to the bank that will prove you the present
beneficiary of this money. I also want you to always put me in prayer.

If you are interested in receiving this money to help the poor and widows,
reply back for more details. Please assure me that you will act accordingly
as I stated herein.

I Hope to receive your response soon.

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