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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: sarafiner bamba <>
Date: Wed, 26 Sep 2007 19:47:52 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Hello dearest one

From Sarafiner Bamba
, Avenue 16 Rue
Treichville Abidjan Ivory coast,

Hello dearest one,after going through your profile i decided to contact you to help me out of my problem,however is not mandatory nor will i in any manner compel you to honour against your will,but i promise you that you will never regret helping me or knowing me, i hope and pray that our friendship will be a happy and lovely happy one,I am Sarafiner Bamba 20 years old girl now, i was born on the 1of january the family of Mr and Mrs

Bamba my father name is Mr Emmanuel Bamba,he is a very wealthy cocoa merchant who based in ACCRA and ABIDJAN respectively,and my mothers name is Chief Mrs Esthel Bamba,I am there only child,when i was a kid i went to a private schools and things were going on well for me and my parents till when i was in high school when my mother died on the 18 ST october 1995.

My father took me so special because i am motherless,and he shower all his love on me and promised me that he will never take another woman because he did not want any problem for me,but has fate may have it,I lost him mysteriously after his last business trip to France last year,though his sudden death was linked or rather suspected to have been masterminded by my uncle who travelled with him at that time,But only God knows the truth,on the day he died in the hospital he called me on his bed side that i should be very careful with his brothers and sisters and/his business partners that they are the people that planned and
poisoned him acording to the doctors report.

He also and told me that he kept a sum of $10.500 000 dollar in a bank in Abidjan Cote D'ivoire,and used my name as the next of kin in depositing of the fund,he also explained to me that it was because of this money he was poisoned by his business partner and his big brother my uncle and that i should seek for foreign partner in a country of my choice where i would transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, such as,real estate investment or stock market investment,plesae,i am honourably soliciting your kind assistance as follows,in case if he did not survive the sickness.

1)To provide a bank account where this money will be transfered into.

2)To serve as the guardian of these fund,since i am 20years old girl.

3)To make arrangement for me in your country to continue my educational career and to

procure me a residential permit in your country.I am inclined to offer you 15% of the total sum as a mode of compensation for your effort after the successful transfering of these fund to your nominated account overseas.Pleasei will be very happy if this transaction will be concluded as soon as posible so that i can come over to your country and start my new life and also finish my education, I am expecting to hear from you as soon as possible,please reply me back to my private box at May Almighty God bless you as you do care for me Amen.
Best regard
Sarafiner Bamba

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