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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: "Mark Kone" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 7 May 2022 11:16:38 -0700
Subject: Partnership Request-- 169

Partnership Request


I am Mark Kone,a consultant and of African descent but based here in the
U.K.I am contacting you after painstaking searching exercise to confirm that
you have the reputation and capacity to handle the task ahead.

We are in search of a reputable person or company to do a partnership with.I
am currently working for a government official who is a former Minister of
Petroleum Resources in one of the biggest oil producing countries in the
world.Unfortunately the country's refineries are not working so they depend
very much on imported refined products.These products usually come in
numerous very big vessels and the country does not have deep ports to berth
such vessels in their country.Inevitably,they use smaller vessels to
transfer the products from the mother- vessel from the high sea to their
ports en-route Tank farms for distribution.

Now,here is the area of partnership.The ministry pays so much for the
transshipment of these products hence the minister desires to get involved
in a private capacity by proxy.Your role here will be to Incorporate a
company and Register same with the ministry in accordance with the laid down
rules of foreign companies engaging in commercial activities in their
country.Once that is done,the minister will provide the necessary fund
required to procure medium size vessels (7-10) in your company's name for
the contract.

However,we are proposing a 30% commission for you from what is accumulated
as profit.The anticipated monthly profit accumulation is in the region of
usd 10-15m.

Please confirm your interest for further details.

Yours faithfully,
Mark Kone

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