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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: "JOHN KAMARA." <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 14:52:09 +0000


Dear Sir,

Permit me to inform you of going into a business transaction with you. I am John Kamara the Son of late Mr kenneth Kamara who was the director General of cocoa export corporation of cote D ivoire and he was killed by rebels on Feb this year and as his only child they are also seeking to kill me too.

Before the death of my Father he deposited the sum of 10.5 million USD dollars in a suspense account in a bank in Abidjan and told me to seek for a forigen partner that will provide account overseas where the funds will be transfered to for Investment.

Please I am asking you to assist me so that this funds can be transfered to your account for Investment.Every documents about the funds is legal.

God bless you.

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