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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: Kamara Susuka <>
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2008 09:09:30 -0800 (PST)


Dear friend,

I got your address via the internet personality search with the Ghanian Chamber of Commerce and i wish to solicate your cooperation for this business of great magnitude however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will.

I am 49, and work with a bank (one of the African leading banks in the West Coast). Here in this bank existed a dormant account number ECO100146886-00 for the past years which belong to Mr Arthur Kenedy an American national who is now late as you can confirm through this wedsite

After going through your profile and with great commitment to prayer and fasting ,i felt relief and alleviated in spirit and decided to contact you immediately for this mutual business relationship.

When i discovered that there had been no deposits nor withdrawals from this account for this long period, I decided by the virtue of my offcial position in this establishment to carry out a system investigation and discovered that none of the family member nor relations of the late American is aware of this account nor have shown up for claims despite all effort to contact any of the living relation in America without any result.
This is the story in a nutshell.

Now i want an account overseas where i can transfer this funds. Thereafter, i have planned to destroy all related documents to this account. It is a careful network and for the past years i have worked out everything to ensure a hitch-free operation. The amount is not so much at the moment but plus all the accumulated interest the balance in this account stands at-US$12.5million US dollars.

Now my questions are:-
1. Can you handle this project?
2. Can i give you this trust?
3. can you sponsor this project? if so, What will be your commission?

Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.

Finally, it is my humble prayer that the information as contained herein be accorded the necessary
attention, urgency as well as the secrecy it deserves.

I Expect your urgent response if you can handle this project.

send a mail for confirmation.

Respectfully yours,

Mr.Kamara Susuka

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