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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: Dennis Kabba <>
Date: Wed, 6 Feb 2013 03:00:08 +0000 (GMT)



Greetings ,

We are Dennis and Glory kabba the children of Late General Ernest Kabba the

former Director of military intelligence and special acting General

Manager of the Sierra Leone Diamond mining cooperation( SLDMC ). We are

contacting you to seek your good assistance to transfer and invest the sum of

8.5 million U.S dollars belonging to our late father which is deposited

in a bank here in Abidjan.

This money is revenues from solid minerals and diamonds sales which were

under my fathers possession before the civil war broke out. Following the

break out of the war, almost all government offices,co-operations and

parastatals were attacked and vandalized.

The SLDMC was looted and burnt down to ashes,and diamonds worth millions

of dollars was stolen by the rebel military forces who attacked our

fathers office, many top government officials and senior army officers

were assassinated and our father was a key target because of his very

sensitive military position and appointment in the SLDMC. Regrettably, our

father was captured and murdered along with his brother in cool blood

during a mid-night rebel shoot-out when our official residence in Freetown

was ambushed by Fordey Sanko the notorious rebel leader. Our mother

sustained very sever bullet injuries which resulted to her untimely and

painful death in a private hospital here in Ivory Coast.

Now we are alone in a totally strange country without parents, relatives

or any body to care for us at our tender ages. Before our mother died, she

told us that our father deposited some money which he made from diamond

sales and contracts in a bank here in Ivory Coast and that we should pray

and find a trust worthy foreign business partner who would help us to

transfer and invest this money in profitable business venture overseas.

She told us to do this quickly so that we can leave Ivory Coast and then

settle down abroad. She gave us the bank document to prove the deposit and

then told us that our father used my name as the only son to deposit the

money in the bank.She told us that this is the reason why we came to Ivory

Coast. My mother died after wards. May her spirit rest in perfect peace.

I have gone to the bank to make inquires about this money and I spoke with

the Manager of International remittance who assured me that everything is

intact and promised to help us transfer this money to my fathers foreign

partners bank account as soon as we provide our fathers partners foreign

bank account for them. However, the manager is very concerned because of

our age, and advised that we should look for a matured person that will

represent me at the bank.

If you are willing to assist us, please let us know immediately so that

you will arrange the transfer of the money to your account with the

bank.Please note that we will offer you 10% of the total money as

compensation for your noble assistance in accordance with my mothers

advise. I am interested in any profitable commercial venture which you

consider very good in your country and you would also get a school for me,

my little sister so that we can finish our college education.

Please there is urgent need for the money to be transferred to your

account because of the political crises they are having in Cote d'Ivoire

now. We are hoping to hear your urgent response so that we will not look

for another person.

Please for the security of I and my sister here, keep this transaction

very confidential.

Thank you and may God bless you and your dear family.

Yours sincerely

Dennis and Glory kabba.

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