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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: hamed camara <>
Date: Tue, 21 Nov 2006 08:49:56 -0500 (EST)
Subject: From HAMED CAMARA.

Dear One,
I know that this proposal might be a surprise to you but it as an emergency to our condition with my mother here in Cote D' Ivoire Abijan, Be bless as you help me and my mother to transfer and invest our money in your country.
My name is HAMED CAMARA. with My Mother from the republic of Sudan in Central Africa Dafur, now seeking for refuge in Cote D' Ivoire l under the(UNHCR)united nation high commission for refuge with my mother.

I got your contact during a desperate search here in Dakar for a possible investment transaction. My (late) father HON DR. ALMAMMY CAMARA, who was the former ministre of finance and economy in Sudan before he was assinated by the rebbles in the captal city of Khartoon 2003.

And all our properties was totally destroyed. However, we managed to escape with some of my father's documents covering $18.500.000 Million dollars(Eighteen Million Five Hundered Thousand us dollars Only) which is presently deposited safely in a Bank here in Cote D' Ivoire Abijan West Africa on my name as the only son of the family and the next of kin.

The Bank have approved to transfer the fund deposited on my name but we are looking for a trust and reaible foreign partner who will assist us to transfer and inves the fund in his country. i was advice to live with my mother to dakar because i was the next target as the only son of my family. All the vital documents will be fax to you as our foreign partner who will recive the fund for the investment.
Meanwhile,we are saddled with the problem of securing a trust worthy foriegn personality to help us transfer the money and invest it in his country and into his possession pending our arrival to meet with him.
Furthermore, we only want this done this way because your country is politically stable for any profitable Investment and only if you accept our proposal, you will serve as the beneficiary of the fund on commencement of this proposed transactions.

You will send me and my mother a letter of inviation to enable us to get a visa and fly down to your country once the fund is been transfer to your country.i hope you will not betray me and my mother because this money is all our hope since my late father died.

I am giving you the offers as mentioned with every confidence on your acceptance to assist us, we have decided to invest 40% of the total fund based on equity participation in your company. Secondly, we shall also take 5% out for any miscelleneous expenses that may occure during the transfer.
Conclusively, i wish you send me a reply immediately as soon as you recieve this proposal so that we shall arrange on how this fund will be transfer to your country. On commencement,this transaction will take nothing less than 4 working days to be accomplished as the bank managment told me and my mother.

All documents covering the fund are safe and intact with us here in Cote D' Ivoire Abijan i will fax you all the vital documents to enable you to contact the Bank firm for the mother is sending her greetings to you and your family.
kindly keep this transfer secert and confidentail. contact me on this telephone number as soon as you recive this massage. Tell + 225 090 282 36 contact me on telephone urgent as soon you receive the massage for more details and keep it confidetail between you as us.
my mother is sending her greetings to you and your us urgent for more detail.

yours son And Mother,
Thanks And God Bless You

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