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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: almani camara <>
Date: Mon, 7 Aug 2006 19:13:58 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Urgent...



Dear Sir/Madam,

This mail may come to you as a surprise due to the fact that we have not met before,i managed to get your contact details through the internet.please time is of important to this email.i was desperately looking for a person to assist me in this confidential movement and that of other members of my family has been highly restricted but happily i have been able to move out from Angola and am now in Guinea Conakry.

I am Almani Camara Savimbi,the son the late leader of Unita Rebel Jonas Savimbi of Angola who died on the 22nd february 2002.
(http/ the death of my father he deposited the sum of $25,000,000,00(twenty-five million united state dollars)in a private security company for safe keeping only.i have been in contact with the security company and they have confirmed to me the exisitence of the deposit,i am currently in Guinea Conakry,where the money is deposited pending when i get a foreign partner like you for the retrieval of the deposit and further investment of the money into your business or any other business you can consider profitable.

Base on the above,i am contacting you so that you can help me invest this fund in your country hoping that you will remain trust worthy,and assuring me that you will never let me down now or in future.the fund was realised from Gold and Diamond sales by my late father's Diamond and Gold company.i wish you will understand the need to assist me in my present situation.if you are ready,i will give you all the information needed.i am very happy because the company here where the money is deposited have no idea of the real content of the box deposited with them because my late father made payment for the safe keeping as a family treasure.

I will personally like you to come to Guinea to meet with me and my younger sister face to face and we shall take you to the security company for the retrieval.upon your arrival here in Guinea,we shall introduce you to the company as our late father's business partner who has come to take us to your country for furthering of our education.we shall also arrange to change to your name as the beneficiary of the money.please note that the whole process will not be more than 5days,this transaction is 100% risk and trouble free and we want you to come and see things for yourself in order to believe me.

I will like you to note that you are the only person apart from my immediate family who knows about this transaction.I and my sister has agreed to give you a total of 30% for your assistance and mapped out another 10% for any expenses that might occur during the process including your travel expenses to Guinea and the balance of 60% will be for the family.

Please acknowledge the receipt of this mail and update me immediately.

Almani Camara Savimbi.

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