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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: Linda Kabba <>
Date: Sat, 17 Nov 2007 13:46:33 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Greetings From Africa!!



I am writing you from Africa and I have an important issue I want to share with you..I got your email address through peoples search on the internet and decided to send you the following mail..
My name is Linda Kabba and I am originally from Sierra Leone, but resident in Gambia...I am single and I am 26 years of age. I have decided to reveal my secret to you and please, I will appreciate if you are able to keep this secret to yourself... I do realise you are a stranger, yet I am willing to trust you, even though we have not known each other before now

I really don't know if you will be kind enough to help me with the following request, but I am in a desperate situation and I am seeking your kind assistance. Please, bear in mind that you will not be doing this freely for me, but I plan to reward you for the much help you are going to render me.

Although I really don't know you yet, but I am taking a chance, believing that you will do your best to help me..Well, to go straight to the point, I am in contact with a DIPLOMAT working in an Embassy here and I have reached an agreement with him to assist me transfer my inherited funds to your country to invest the money in any profitable business..I am simply in need of an honest partner and a trustee for a partner in business..

It may interest you to know that I am from a wealthy family, but my parents died some years ago during the rebel war that took the lives of several people in my home country, Sierra Leone.. It's actually a long story how all that took place, but the issue now is that I have planned to move the funds to your country for security reason and also to invest the funds in your country.

I am making an arrangement with a Diplomat to transfer the consignment to your country (diplomatic Delivery). I am trying to finalize the shipping arrangements and the shipment will be made if you agree to help me receive the consignment and I will join you later in your country.. You will have to receive the box from the Diplomat and transfer the money straight into an accounr, but we need to come to an agreement first. I plan to reward you for your assistance with some percentage of the total amount and I will discuss this with you in my next mail..

Do let me know as soon as possible if you can receive the consignment from the diplomat, to enable me conclude the shipping arrangement.
The shipment is 100% risk-free because no authority in your country will inspect the shipment, as it is a Diplomatic Baggage. As soon as the Diplomat arrives in your country with the consignment, he will contact you to let you know of his arrival and you will have to go over to the location to sign the delivery paper and pick up the consignment legally..

Please, note the major reasons while I want to relocate to your country:

1) I have plans to invest in any lucrative business in your country and will need your advise
2) I need security in life and want to live in your country if its more secured than where I presently live.
3) If you are interested, I want you as a partner in my proposed investment in your country
4) I also want to know if I can trust you so that I can tell you more about my plans.

I will furnish you with more details about this arrangement upon your confirmation that you can help me..I have all the proves to show you just in case you demand for proves..I will be waiting to hear from you and I hope you can be of help to me. Thank you for your time and do have a nice day...

Ms. Linda Kabba

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