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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: "Kenneth William & Mother" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 18:02:39 +0000


I know this message might be a surprise to you, May God Bless You as You Help me and my mother, My name is Kenneth William with My Mother from the republic of Sudan in Central Africa Dafur,now seeking for refuge in Cote D' Ivories l under the(UNHCR)united nation high commission for refuge with my mother.

I want you to help me and my mother to receive our money in your bank account and invest the money for me and my mother in your country and send me an air ticket for me to come and further my studies in your country and my mother be there too so that you can take care of the investment as I am 22yrs old.

I got your contact during a desperate search here in Ivory Coast for a possible investment transaction. My (late) father HON DR. CAMARA WILLIAM, who was the Former Minister of Finance and Economy in Sudan before he was assassinated by the rebbles in the capital city of Khartoum Feb 2007.

And all our properties were totally destroyed. However, we managed to escape by the help of UN Peace Keeping Boat To Ivory Coast with some of my father's documents covering $18.500.000 Million dollars (Eighteen Million Five Hundred Thousand us dollars Only) On My Name which is presently deposited safely in a Bank here in Ivory Coast Abidjan West Africa on my name as the only Son of the Family and the Next of kin. The Bank Directors have Approved and ready to transfer the fund via key telegraphic telex transfer to our foreign partner account within 48hrs legitimate and legal as soon as you send them your bank account where the fund will be transfer with your full contact details.

i was advice to live with my mother to Cote D' Ivory Abidjan West Africa 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 receive the fund for the investment.

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 me and my mother to receive and invest this money in your country, I and my mother have decide to give you 40% of the total sum for your assistance in helping us to receive this money in your account and invest it in your country Secondly, we shall also take 5% for any miscellaneous expenses that may occurred during the transfer.

Conclusively, i wish you send me a reply immediately as soon as you receive this message 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 management told me and my mother in the bank. All documents covering the fund are safe and intact with us here in Ivory Coast Abidjan, I will fax or scan to you all the vital documents

Send me this info:
Full Name and Adress
Email address

I will submit the information to the bank .my mother is sending her greetings to you and your family. kindly keep this transfer secret and confidential. Contact me and my mother on this telephone number as soon as you receive this massage.

Tell + 225 064 084 73 for more

my mother is sending her greetings to you and your family. call us urgent for more detail + 225 064 084 73

Thanks yours son, send me your telephone number ok and email address.

Kenneth William And Mother

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