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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: David Bamba <>
Date: Mon, 12 Oct 2009 02:45:55 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Urgent Assistance From: David Bamba.

Urgent Assistance From: David Bamba.
Tel: +22509214628


My Name is David Bamba. I am 22 years old.The only child of Late Chief Mr. Radci Bamba. I am an orphan and I wish to ask for your assistance in the execution of a financial transaction of USD $ 9 Million Dollars which I will like to invest in the any profitable business in your country with your assistance.

I have business which I would like to invest in the transaction and your assistance by receiving the funds on your account in your country. I will liberally like you to contact me immediately for more details through this number +22509214628 or email.

I am waiting for your response for more details .

Thanks and God bless you.

David Bamba

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