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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: Peter Kamara <> (may be fake)
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 09:56:41 +0300
Subject: Investment Arrangement

Hello Dear,

First I must solicit your strictest confidence in this transaction and I
pray that my decision to contact you will be given genuine approval
considering the facts that you and I have never met before, I wish to use
this opportunity to introduce my self to you. I am Peter Kamara, from

I write you to know my desires to contact you and to invest in your
country; I am the first son of Mr. John Kamara , who was the former
Minister of Mines and Industry. My father had a bullet wounds by the rebels
on his way traveling to the Capital city Freetown along with my sister. My
sister died on the spot while (U.N) Peace keeping force rescued my father,
he later died after some months.

Before his death he told me about the box containing $28 million U.S
Dollars to look after my self and my Mother if anything happen to him. and
shouldn't go back to Sierra-Leone . Why my father deposit the fund in the
security company in Ghana is because my mother is a GHANAIAN, and for
safety of the fund.

Presently, my mother and I are here in Accra Ghana West Africa to notify
the security company for the claims for the FUND, and we are GHANA right
now.Therefore I want you to lecture me on how best we can invest this money
in your country and as I told you I really wanted to buy a house when I
come there.My father told me it is dangerous to invest this money in Africa
to avoid suspicious, due to bad economy and political instability facing
Africa countries that is why I want to invest in abroad.

For your foreign assistance I and my mother have agreed to offer 25% of
the total amount of the money. We have all the vital documents covering the
deposit fund and the ownership which I can send to you on request.

NOTE: I have never disclosed this to any person apart from you, so you
have to keep this matter very confidential. Send me your Private phone and
fax numbers for more information and a brief description of yourself for
mutual relationship.

Peter Kamara,

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