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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 23:50:10 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From:John Bambara

I am John Bambara,22 years old and the only son of my late parents Mr.and Mrs.Bambara. It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad year 12th.Febuary 2005.

My father deposited the sum of Twelve Million five hundred thousand United State Dollars.(USD$12.5m) in fixed deposit account of a bank here in Abidjan-Ivory coast. and the bank want to shift from here to tunisia and i dont want my fund to be transfered to tunsie, i need your help so that we
can get this fund from them.My father told me that he deposited the money in my name,and he issued a written instruction to his lawyer whom he said is in possession of all the necessary legal documents to this fund in the bank

I am a 22 years old university undergraduate and i don't really know what to do.Now I want an account overseas where I can transfer this fund.I have suffered a lot of set backs as a result of the political crisis here in Ivory coast and the death of my father has actually brought sorrow to my

Your suggestions and ideas will be highly regarded. Please i want to know

1. Can you honestly help me ?
2. Can I completely trust you?
3. What percentage of the total amount will be good for you after your assistance. Please consider this and get back to me as soon as possible.

Thank you so much,
My sincere regards


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