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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Ann camara." <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 20 Oct 2004 19:49:10 +0000


I know that this proposal might be a surprise to you
but do consider it as an emmergency. In a nutshell,I
am Miss. Ann Camara 20 years old from the republic of
Sierria-Leone in west Africa,now seeking for refuge in
Dakar-Senegal under the(UNHCR).

I got your contact from where i was searching a good
penpal for a possible transaction. My (late) father
Dr. Lamine Camara ,was the managing director of
Rainbow Gold and Diamond Mine company in(KENEMA)Sierra-Leone.But he was killed along side with my mother
during the longing civil war and all his properties
was totally destroyed.

However, after their death I managed to escape with
with a very important document (DEPOSIT CERTIFICATE)(US$10.5m)Ten million Five hundred thousand U.S Dollars deposited by my late father in a bank which I am the next of kin.The money was deposited in(bank in senegal) Meanwhile,I am saddled with the problem of securing a trust worthy foriegn personality to help me transfer the money over to his country and into his possession pending my arrival to meet with him.

Furthermore,and i will issue a letter of Authorisation on your name,that will enable the bank to deal with you on my behalf.

I am giving you this offers as mentioned with every
confidence on your acceptance to assist me or adopt me
as your Daughter and manage the money.

Conclusively,I wish you send me a reply immediately as
soon as you recieve this proposal.

Until then,I remain with the best regards.

Miss Ann camara.

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