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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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Fraud email example:

From: "FROM : Jack Bamba" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 02:52:34 +0000
Subject: Can We Come To You?

FROM : Jack Bamba
Amina Guest House
TEL : +225 05658248
Dear sir


The contact of your esteem personality was given to me
by the Cote d'Ivoire Chambers of Commerce when I told
them my intention of going into business relationship
mostly in your country. They gave me your contact as a
reliable and trustworthy person that I can do business
with and by their recommendations I must not hesitate
to confide in you for this simple and
sincere business transaction.

I am Mr Jack Bamba, the second son of late Mr and
Mrs Bamba, a very wealthy gold dealer/ miner who owned
three gold mines in northern Kwazulu natal province of
South Africa. My father married two wives(my late
mother and a Jamaican woman). My mother had two
children, my younger sister and I and the other
Jamaican woman had four children 3 boys and girl).

When my mother died on 24th October 1984 immediately
after deliverance of my younger sister. My father
took us so special because we were motherless.

When my father died on the 29th October 2003. We the
family (children) agreed to put all father?s wealth
together(including landed properties, some
180kg of gold dust and (US$6.Million) Six
million united state dollars share it according to
our birth rights on the 20th January 2004. But this
Jamaican woman in conspiracy with her children tried
to poison me and sister and I was once threatened
with gun by her second son. So at this point in time I
felt we are standing the risk of loosing our
lives because of wealth.

One night I decided to live the house, on leaving the
country I broke into my father?s strong room and
carried the box containing the US$6 Million which I
considered to be the main reason they were trying to
kill us. My sister and I escaped through our common
boundary with Botswana where I contacted an
international property deposit company who conveyed us
and the box to Abidjan, where we?re presently
Although the property deposit company does not know
the actual contents of the box as it was deposited as
family treasure ( valuable item).

Sir, I am honourably soliciting your assistance
in the following ways.
1) to arrange for a suitable college where we would
further our education as we are still under graduates.
2) To prepare a bank account where this money would be
lodged in after reclaiming it from the security
for investment.

Moreover, you can indicate your option towards
assisting me as we have mapped out 15% of the total
sum for you as compensation for your assistance.

May God Shelter and Care for you as you assist orphans

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