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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: "Miss Roselyn Camara" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 20 Sep 2006 16:20:16 +0200
Subject: Greetings And Please Get Back To Me

From : Miss R. Camara....
Date ; 20 September 06
Subject: Seek TrustWorthy Partner....
Dear Friend
Goodday to u , how are u doing? I know this proposal letter might be a pleasant suprised to you as we don't know eachother before. I am Miss.Roselyn Camara , now seeking asylum in Dakar Senegal under (UNHCR) I contacted you as a cause of my serious search for a reliable and trust worthy person that can handle such a confidential transaction of this nature.
My Father was (Late) Mr Michelle Camara the former Deputy Minister of Finance under the regine of Ahmed Tijan Kabba of Sierra Leone but was assasinated by the rebels during the civil war and properties destroyed, but I narrowly escaped with some very important documents of (US$3.4M) Three Point Four Million U.S Dollars deposited by my late Father in a financial security firm in Europe under my name as next of kin.
However, I seeked with the problem of securing a trust worthy foreign personality to help me transfer this money pending my arrival to meet with you. Furthermore, I only want this to be done this way because your country is politically stable for any profitable investment, and I also want to add here that if accepted by you, you will serve as the appointed beneficiary of the money.I feel confidence therefore, to introduce this offer to you.
For your participation and all your assistance regarding to this transfer, I have decided to give you 15% of the total money on behalf of my family. Therefore, you are requested to furnish me back immediately you receive this request to transfer this money from where it is now to your country of residence account or any account of your interest.
On commencement of this transaction. I want to let you understand that my future depends solely on this money. So please keep this business to yourself only to avoid raise eye brow of any third party.
I am eagerly expecting your urgent response.
Yours Sincerely,
Roselyn Camara......

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