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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: "Kate Akanchawa" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 13:44:27 +0200
Subject: From Kate Very Urgent


I know that this mail might be a surpriseing to you
but do consider it as an emergency. In a nut shell, My
name is Kate Akanchawa from the republic of Sierria-Leone in
west Africa.

The only child of late Dr.Ramson Akanchawa. I am
looking for someone who can take me as a child or
friend I promise to be obidient to you and I will
bring happiness to your life,My late father was the
managing director of Rainbow Gold and Diamond company
in (KENEMA)Sierra-Leone.But he was poisoned to death
alongside with my mother by his business associate, On
one of their outing to discuss a business deal in

However, after their death I managed to stay alone and
when the war broke out in my country. I escape to
near by village here,with every important files of my
father.He has the sum of (US$15.2M)Fiften million two
hundred thousand U.S Dollars only. This amount was
deposited by my late father in one of the leading
security company, Presently, I am saddled with the
problem of securing a trust worthy foriegn personality

to help me. I will map out 15% for you.

(1) you will Stand on my behalf as the beneficiary
for the claim of the inheritance from the company
since the management of the company adviced that I
should solicit for an individual or corporate
organization to claim the deposit for me as they
cannot release it directly to me due to my status
right now.

(2)you will Help me secure my travelling documents to
meet you as soon as my money is released to you.

Furthermore,you can contact the company for
confirmation so that the company will know that you
are my partner,that will enable the company correspond
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 Child or business
partner if possible and manage the money for me.

My regard to your family.

Yours sincerely.

Kate Akanchawa.

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