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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: "Mr kabila & sisteraminata" <kabila_sisteraminata99@yahoo.com> (may be fake)
Reply-To: kabila_sisteraminata88@yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 16:29:42 +0100
Subject: RESCURE US PLEASE

Asalamo Alekum,
It is my pleasure to acquaint you with this proposal for the purpose of investment in your company.I am kabila mohamed & Sister aminata the only son & daughter of late Chief Dr Mustamin West from free town Sierra Leone. Who before his death was the person managing the Sierra - Leone Gold and Diamond Corporation( SGDC).
As a result of the political instability of Sierra-Leone, my late father came to Republic Of Dakar Senegal with the sum of Twenty Five Million United State Dollars (US$25 Million Us Dollars ) which he deposited in a Bank here in Republic of dakar senegal as a family treasure.
We are here seeking for an avenue to transfer this money to a reliable and trustworthy partner for investment programmes. We are here as a refugee because of the political crisis in our Country Sierra Leone.Please we have agreed to offer you 30% of the total sum of $25 Millionunited state dollars for your assistance.
For now, We have every information and document needed for the Collection of the deposit with the Bank and we want you to Act as the beneficiary of the deposit for easy and smooth collection to your account abroad for investment purposes. Since our breadwinner is no more and this is the only hope we have forour future survival,Your positive response will give us the greatestjoy and relief.
Please we need to transfer this money urgently because delay would not help at all and we need to relocate based on the political instability in this sub-region, to enable us continue our education in one of the best university over there in your country. Presently we cannot go back to Sierra- Leone because of the situation there and you know that Senegal where we are now is politically unstable; we therefore wish you could help us get out of here before it become worse.
May almighty allah Bless you for your kind assistance. Contact us faster through our alternate email address for security reason, Here is the mail address Finally I implore you to treat this transaction with secrecy and confidentiality for security reasons.
Furnish us with the following requested information as soon as possible.
Full name....................................
Home|office address.....................
Mobile telephone Number............
Fax Numver..............................
Occupation...............................
Nationality..................................
Position Hold...............................
Age............................................
Marital Status..............................
Country....................................
Bank account details.....................
We are Seriously waiting for your urgent reply,
Best regard.
Yours Truly Son & Daughter.
Kabila & Sisteraminata



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