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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: jude kaoma <dkaoma_88@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <kaoma_1@yahoo.fr>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 12:20:00 +0100
Subject: From Jude Kaoma



>From Jude Kaoma Abidjan Republic of Cote D'Ivoire.West Africa Dear Friend, Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you, I got your name and contact from your country directory, please i need a trust-worthy person that will help me to transfer this money. I am Jude Kaoma , the only Son of late Mr and Mrs Steve Kaoma. My father was a very wealthy Gold Merchant in Monrovia the Gold Capital of republic of Liberia all in west africa my father was poisoned by his business associates while my mother died when i am little and my father took me so special because I am his only son. Before the death of my father on 14th December 2005 in a hospital here in Cote D'ivoire, he secretly called me and told me that he has the sum of(USD $15 MILLION FIFTEEN MILLION U.S DOLLARS )which he deposited in a bank here in Cote D'ivoire. He also made me understand that it was because of this money he waspoisoned by his business associates while on a business trip with them and he instructed me to look for a foreign partner who will help me transfer this money out of this Cote Divoire and invest it for me, my purpose of contacting you is for you to help transfer this money to your country before this peoples who kill my father will kill me too. I'm now hiding in a local place here and I will compensate you with 20% ofthis money if you help me to transfer the money to your account l hope you will not betray the trust i have on you because this money is my only hope in this life and you will also help me to come over to your country to continue my education while you will invest my own share of the money for me. I can assure you there is No Risk involve the money is an inheritance from my late father. waiting to hear from you, Jude Kaoma
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