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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:

Date: Mon, 17 Jul 2006 13:46:33 +0200

From Mr. Kumba Yalla
Direct Telephone no.+27-83-666-3377
Email Address (

Dear Friend,

Let me introduce myself. I am Mr Kumba Yalla a former president of one of
the west African countries Guinea Bissau .I was overthrown in a bloodless military coup in September 2003.

I will like to use this medium to solicit for your assistance so that I and my
family can be accepted into your country to start a new life.

I have read similar mails to this and comes to find out that there were meant
to con me and I will like you not to take this mail of mine as one of such
letters as I and my family really needs assistance.
We are presently in south Africa and not to the knowledge of the government
as that will bring the interest of the international community against the
country for taking me in and as a matter of fact, I wouldl like to assure you
that I will not be of security risk to you if you will allow me into your country
as I have done nothing that demand me being tried by any judiciary system in the

I and my family of four which includes my wife and three children will be glady
if you give us this opportunity as you will have a lot to gain by so doing.
I have some physical cash amount of money in a security company, in one of
the security companies in the southern region of Africa which I will disclose
to you when I have conclude within my heart that you can be of help to me.
This is for security reasons.
Let not the reason you chose me and my family not be because of this money at hand,
let it be of a thing you will be happy that you are doing. Once I confirm in me
that I and my family will be ok in your country, I will then tell you how we can remit this fund into your country
before we can leave south Africa and travel down to your country.
Do let me know what type of business you think that fund can be channel into and
I will like you to know that you will be the fund manger when we come into your

This whole issue demand sincerity and if I sense any thing that is not
suppose to be, I will withdraw this whole thing and keep waiting till I get
one who can be honest and sincere to me I will want you to
maintain absolute confidentiality of this whole thing as you should have my
personality at heart.

I will waiting to read from you.And send your reply to
my direct email address (

Please make sure all this information about me are kept confidential.
I will give you the information of the money and how much I want to
transfer in your possession,together with the some (% ) I will offer you
upon your respond and capability of handling such transaction.

I will also give you the details on how we will get the transaction
done as soon as I received a positive respond from you.
Best Regards,
Yours truly,
Mr Kumba Yalla

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