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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: kamara joy <>
Date: Fri, 28 Mar 2008 17:09:13 +0800 (CST)



Good Day and may God bless you with your family? I Know that my letter will come to you as a supprise as you know that we have not seen or meet each other before but My sources of your contact gave me the courage and confidence to rely and write to you you. My name is Joy Kamara, I am 19 years old now and I am the only Daughter of late chief GEORGE KAMARA from Sierra Leone. I am writing you in absolute confidence primarily to seek your assistance to transfer My Late Father's cash of twenty one million eight hundred thousand dollars($21,800,000) now in the custody of a BANK here in Abidjan to your private account pending my arival to your country.


My late father, chief GEORGE KAMARA, a native of mende district in the Northern province of Sierra Leone,was the general Manager of Sierra Leone mining co-operation (S.L.M.C.) Freetown.According to my father. This money was the income accrued from mining co-operation's over draft and minor sales. Before the peak of the civil war between the rebels forces of major Paul Koroma and the combined forces of ECOMOG peace keeping operation that almost destroyed my country,

following the forceful removal from power of the Civilian Elected President Ahmed Tejan Kabbah by the rebels. My father had already made arrangement for his family, my mother and myself to be evacuated to Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire with our personal effects and the box containing team.

My father deposited the fund for the safe custody until after the war when he will join us. During the war in my country,and following the indiscriminate looting of public and Government properties by therebe ln forces,the sierra Leone mining co-op. Was one of the targets looted and destroyed.

My father including other top Government functionaries Were attacked and killed by the rebels in November 2000 because of his relationship with the civilian Government of Ahmed Tejan Kabbah. As a result of my father death, and with the news of my uncles involvement in air crash in January, dashedour hope of survival.The untimely deaths caused my mothers heart failure and other related complications of which she later died in the hospital After we must have spent a lot of money on her.Now i am alone in this strange country suffering without any care or help.

Without any relation, I am now like a refugee and orphan. My only hope now is in This fund My father deposited in the BANK To this effect, I humbly solicit your assistance in the followings ways.To assist me claim this fund from the BANK as co-beneficiary.To transfer this money in your name to your country.To make a good arrangement for a joint business investment on My behalf in your country and you, the caretaker.

To secure a college for me in your country to further my education. And to make arrangement for my travel with you to your country after you have transferred this fund.Most importantly. The whole documents issued after deposit is in my custody. For your assistance, I beg to concede 15 % of this money to you for your efforts assistance. please send your reply to my private email address at/



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