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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: "kmama1" <>
Date: Sat, 21 Jun 2008 11:18:27 +0000
Subject: From Kevin Mama and Rose....Appeal for investment assistance.

From Kevin Mama and Rose....Appeal for investment assistance.
Private and Confidential
224 Rue Pat Cocody.
Abidjan,Cote D' Ivoire
West Africa.

Dear One,
It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I and my
Sister,intend to established in your country. Though we have not meet with
you before but we believe, one has to risk confiding in someoneto succeed
sometimes in life

I am Kevin Mama, the only son of late Mr.and Mrs. Mama. I contacting you to
solicit your assistance towards claiming and transfering a huge sum of money
deposited in a bank here in Cote D' Ivoire by my late father - to your
account for onward investment and education on behalf of me and my younger
sister. My father was a very wealthy Gold and Diamond Merchant Dealer in
Freetown the Economic Capital of the Sierra-Loene, my father was poisoned to
death by his business associates on one of their outings on a
business trip in France.My mother died when I was a baby and since then my
father took me so special as the only son According to African Culture and

Before the death of my father on November,2005 in a private hospital here in
Abidjan. He secretly called me to his bedside and told me that he has the
sum of US$12 Million United States Dollars ) left in a deposit/suspense
account in one of the prime banks. He said that he used my name as his only
son for the next of kin in the depositing the fund. He also explained to me
that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business
associates. That I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my
choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment in a
viable venture.

Now we have decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe
enough outside Africa for security and political reasons. Our father was an
international Gold and Diamond dealer who operated the province of Africa
and the rest of the world during his days in business.
We want you to help us claim and receive the money in your account for
onward joined partnership business and investments in your Country. We will
like to invest part of the money into these three investments in your
Country but, if there is any other business that is better than our
suggestion, we will be very glad to follow your advice.
1). Real Estate
2). The Transport industry
3). Five Star hotel
Sir, I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways :

1. To provide a bank account into which this money would be transferred and
be save for our investment plans.
2. To serve as a guardian to the money, because we lack expirence to handle
the money very well when it comes to international investments.
3. To make arrangement for me and my sister to come over to your country to
further our education and to secure Residence permit in your country.
Moreover, Sir, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total sum as
compensation for your effort after the successful transfer of this fund into
your bank account overseas.
Further more, We want you indicate your option towards assisting us as I
believe that this transaction could be concluded within seven banking (7)
working days.
I look forward to hear from you
Yours respectfully,
Kevin Mama and Rose.

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