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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: Caroline <>
Date: Sat, 23 Aug 2008 03:41:21 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Urgent Assistance


From: Mrs Caroline Kabba
Coted'ivoire,west africa.


I know that this mail may come to you as surprise , I am Mrs Caroline Kabba the wife to Dr Edward Kabba the former director general of Sierra-leone Gold and diamond corporation who was assasinated by the rebels loyal to Foday Sankoh the (R U F) leader. I managed to escape my country with my son Robert.It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I and my Son (Robert) intend to establish in your country.

Though I have not met with you before but I believe, one has to risk confiding in succeed sometimes in life. There is this huge amount of Fifteen million U.S dollars($15,000,000.00) which my late Husband kept in one the security company in Abidjan Cote d'Ivoire before he was assasinated by the Rebels.

Now I and my Son have decided to invest these money in Your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons.We want you to help us claim and retrieve these box from the security company and transfer it into your personal ccount in your country for investment purposes on these areas:

2) The Transport Industry
3). Five Star Hotel
4). Real Estate

If you can be of an assistance to us we will be pleased to offer to you 10% Of the total fund. I await your soonest response. and also forward to us your full detail,telephone number and fax number as well,showing your willingness to assist us.

Respectfully yours,

Mrs Caroline Kabba.


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