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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: "" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 19:40:34 +0200 (MEST)
Subject: Urgent Business Proposal.

Hello Dear,

I got your contact and i decided to contact you for a business relatiosnhip that will be of great benefit to you and us. My name is John Kumara Jim Fornah Jnr born 1980,From the Diamond Rich town of Mende western Freetown Sierra Leone west Africa I am the son of late Dr Jim Fornah, my late father held a lot of respected and envious position in the government of President Tejan Kabbah before his untimely death after a brief illness.

He my Late father was the former bank governor of my country Sierra Leone, he was also the finance and Economic advicer to President Tejan Kabbah . My late father because of his position acquired lots of properties through diligence, God fearing and handwork.Before the outbreak of the eight years Brutal civil war in my Country Sierra Leone, My late father sold our family land which was rich in diamond deposits to an American Mining company ,Because of the rebels brutality in my country, As the rebels were looting banks, finance houses and even breaking the national vaults.
My late father to safeguard the fund Hurried went to Accra Ghana and Deposited the Fund worth $32 Million United States Dollars In a Security company. My Late father whom was an asthmatic patient, died of cancer of the heart in 2001, in the United States of America on a Government Sponsored medical treatment .

After The Burial of my late father the rebels West side boys held Our Entire family hostage until the Government secured our release, Due to the break down of law and order, as the rebels were killing everybody recklessly, we left Freetown sierra Leone to Accra Ghana, We arrived Ghana through a boat with other Refugees, We are presently in Go moa Refugee camp Accra Ghana as refugees.My Mother tried to locate the company to confirm this deposit and thank God She found the company, we then presented the documents to the director and told him that we wants to claim the deposited metallic Trunk Box in their custody.

The Director of the security company confirmed that they do have such Deposits with them based on the documents we presented to them, He went on to say Madam as you can see even from the agreement we can not release the Mettallic trunk box to you without the concept of your husbands foreign partner, this is why we contacted you so as to stand for us as my late father`s foreign partner to get this metallic box out of the Security company and transfer the funds to your country for any good investment which you will recommend to us,We have resolved to give you 20% of the Total fund $32 Million united states Dollars as your compensation for helping us. What matters to us is trust, secrecy and confidentiality.

Even the Security company did not know the real content of the trunk metallic box because the content were declared/documented as artwork from the national museum.
We sincerely await your mail soon. Thanks

Yours Truly,
John Kumara Fornah.

Prueba el Nuevo Correo Terra; Seguro, r&aacute;pido, fiable.

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