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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: "susan kamokai" <>
Date: Tue, 31 May 2005 16:11:29 +0200




Compliments of the day.I am writing to you with much respect and honour to
this letter, which must remain private and confidential. I know my proposal
will come to you as a surprise since you do not precisely know me. Anyway,
my mind accepted you and I believe that this proposal will bring mutual
benefit for both of us.

Let me use this medium to introduce myself to you, I am MRS SUSAN KAMOKAI ,
the wife of Alhaji Mustapha KAMOKAI, the former chairman of Diamond National
Mining Co-operation and once the Director of Works and Housing before his
untimely death. My Husband associated himself with coup plotters that ousted
the government of Ahmed Tijan Kabbah on the 25th of May 1997 and was
executed including ten (10) others. As a result of his death and
uncontrollable war in my country, Sierra Leone, my children and I decided to
seek asylum in South Africa where my Husband had deposited US 5.5m (five
Million five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) for us. We now want to
use this money for investment in your country since we do not have anybody
to assist us. Therefore, I am asking for your urgent assistance to forward
this money into your country using very confidential and reliable means in
which I will offer you 30% of the total amount for your king assistance.

However,This money is safely kept in a Security Company before my husabnd
death under disguise as precious items and nobody has any slight knowledge
of what is inside the box deposited with the Security Company.

In other words, there is no risk involved and so not hesitate to ask
questions where necessary. All the documents covering the deposition of the
money with the Security Company are intact with me. For more
information,please contact me on the above phone and fax numbers and do well
to provide me with your private phone and fax numbers for security reasons.

I am looking forward to hear from you immediately you receive this mail .
Best regards,

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