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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:

Date: Sun, 22 May 2005 18:25:43 +0200

TEL 0022506 038 986

Dear ,
I wish to solicit your help in migrating to your country, My name is
Raman And Lilian Aboudelaih are the children of Late General Alexandre Kamara
the former Director of military inteligence and special actig General Manager
of the Sierra Leone Diamond mining coperation(SLDMC ).

I am contacting you to seek your good assistance to transfer and invest
USD 18 million belonging to my late father which is deposited in a bank
inAbidjan. This money is revenues from solid minirals and dimonds sale
whichwere under my fathers possession before the civil war broke out.

Following the brake out of the war, almost all government offices,
coperations and parastatals were attacked and vandalized.
The SLDMC was loothed and burnt down to ashes, and diamonds worth millions
of dollars was stolen by the rebel military forces who attacked my fathers

Many top government officials and senior army officers were assasinated
and my father was a key target because of his very sensitive military possition
and appointment in the SLDMC.
Regreatably, my father was captured and murdered along with half brother
in cool blood during a mid night rebel shoot-out when our official residence
in freetown was armbushed by Fordey Sanko the notorious rebel leader.

My mother sustainded very sever bullet injuries which resulted to her untimelyand
painful death in a private hospital here in Ivory Coast. Now we are alone
in a totally strange country without parents, relatives or any body to care
for us at our tender ages.

Before our mother died, she told us that our father deposited some money
which he made from diamond sales and contracts at the bank here in Ivory
Coast and that we should pray and find a trustworthy foreign
businesspartner who would help us to transfer and invest this money in
profitable business venture overseas. She told us to do this quickly so
that we can leave Ivory Coast with our cousin brother-Arthur who is here
in the camp with us and, then settle down abroad.

She gave us all the bank documents to prove the deposit and then told us
that my father used my name as the only son to deposit the money in the
bank.She told us that this is the reason why we came to Ivory Coast. My
mother died afterwards. May her spirit rest in perfect peace.
I have gone to the bank to make inquires about this money and I spoke with
the director of International remittance who assured me that the everything
is intact and promised to help me transfer this money to my foreign partners
bank account as soon as I provide my partners foreign bank account for them.

However, the director is very concerned because of my age, I am 20 years
and as such promised to help me and he would like to speak with my partner
to ensure that this money is invested wisely in only profitable business
because of his personal interest and sympathy for me.
If you are will to assist us, please let us know immediately and provide
us with your following information (1). Your full names and address,
telephone/ fax numbers(2)photo of your self.
Please note that I can only offer you 25% of the total money as
compensation for your noble assistance in accodiance with my mothers

I am interested in any profitable commercial venture which you
consider very good in your country and you would also get a school for
me and my little sister and so that we can finish our colledge

I am hoping to hear your urgent response so that I can not look for another
foreign partner.
Thank you and may God bless you and your dear family.
Yours sincerely


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