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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: Prince Kamara <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 30 Aug 2013 06:08:40 +0000
Subject: Urgent Attention

>From Mr Prince Kamara

My name is Mr Prince Kamara a Banker, I am the personal accounts manager to
Eng.Mrs Sharon, a National of United State of America,She work with an oil
servicing company here in Cote d Ivoire.and Ghana.

Since her death, I have made several inquiries with USA embassy to locate
any of her extended relatives but has been unsuccessful, I contacted you
for particular interest is her huge deposit with our bank here,where these
deceased has an account valued at about ($35.5million US dollars).

Our bank have issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or the bank
will declare the account unserviceable and thereby send the funds to the
bank treasury. I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of
these deceased, so that the proceeds of this account valued at
($35.5million US dollars) can be paid to you and then you and I can share
the money.

All I require is your honest cooperation to see this deal through. I
guarantee that this will be executed under all legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law.
contact me with your full names, address, date of birth, telephone and fax
numbers here is my email, no,+225-4572-5745 for
proper communications.

Thanking you for your anticipated co-operation
Mr Prince Kamara

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