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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: "yusuf kamara" <>
Date: Sun, 25 Mar 2007 21:06:45 +0000
Subject: Salam Dear Kris

Salam Dear Kris

I am pleased to introduce a business opportunity to transfer to your
overseas account the sum of($8.4M USD)Eight million Four hundred thousand
United States Dollars from one of the Prime Banks here in Dakar Senegal .

I am Mr Yusuf kamara(Bsc,Msc) the Auditor General of one of the prime banks
here in Dakar Senegal, during the course of our auditing, I discovered a
floating funds valued at US$8.4M (Eight Million Four Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars ) in an account opened in our bank since 1998 and up till
date no body has operated on the account .

The owner of the account is Late Engr. Sam .A .Kris, an estate consultant,
He was one of the death victims of December 12th 1999, plane crash in
Abdijan Cote D'ivoire,together with his family without leaving a[Heir/WILL]
.Hences the floating situation of the account .

Therefore ,with a personal conviction of trust and confidence ,I wish to
contact you as a foreigner , since you are of the same surname to stand as a
relative, thus I can work out the release of this fund, No other person in
the office knows about the account, please be assured of the risk free , I'm
the one that will work it out , all I need is your cooperation because the
account content can not be approved to an indigen here as his next of kin
just as his files in the office implies.

At the conclusion of this project , I propose a joint investment of an equal
partnership to you or we may share it in a ratio of 45% for you and 55% for

One more thing please; I beg you not to consider this against moral
justification, they are many other aspects of life we may contribute with
this funds to help the less privileged and the needy in any society than
having it shared as an unclaimed bill among Government PLEASE .

I look forward to your earliest response.

Yours Truly

Mr. Yusuf kamara

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