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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: mic juliet <micjuliet193@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: <micjuliet001@yahoo.fr>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 13:45:21 +0000
Subject: From Michael & Juliet Kamara



From Michael & Juliet Kamara
Dearest One,
Greetings. With warm heart I offer my friendship and greetings, and I hope that this mail will meets you in good time.
However strange or surprising this contact might seem to you as we have not meet personally or had any dealings in the past. I humbly ask that you take due consideration of its importance and immense benefit.
My name is Michael Kamara from Republic of Sierra-Leone. I have something very important that i would like to confide in you please,I have a reasonable amount of money which i inherited from my late father (Nine Million Five Hundred thousand United States Dollar}. US$9.500.000.00. which I want to invest in your country with you and again in a very profitable venture.
Currently I am residing in Ivory coast now with my younger sister Juliet where my late father deposited the money, so i will like you to reply me immediatly so that i will give you more details about everything.
I'm expecting your reply for more explanation. Please i'm urgently waiting for your response and I am conceding 15% of this money to you for your efforts assistance.
I will wait hear untill i hear from.Thanks and God bless you.Our sincer regards to you, Michael and Juliet Kamara
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