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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: "Raphael Kamara" <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:02:19 +0100
Subject: From Raphael Kamara

>From Raphael Kamara
Add: 7 rue St. Bernard, Gonzac,
Abidjan - Côte d'Ivoire.

Good day dear,

It is my pleasure to write you this confidential letter after much
consideration. My name is Raphal Kamara and my junior sister Juliet
Kamara the only son and daughter of late Mr and Mrs Chife Vincent Kamara
from sierra leone,I am 17 years old boy, I was born in SIERRA LEONE, and
I school in Freetown sierra leone but I couldn't finish my education
because of the things of the world, I have no father nor mother. My
father was former Director of finance Sierra-Leone diamond,Gold and
mining corporation, in Free Town,the economic capital of Sierra Leone
before his untimely death.After his business trip.

My father got an accident with my mother on 30th of June 2012 of which my
mother died instantly but my father died five days after in a private
hospital in our country. On that faithful afternoon, I didn't know that my
father was going to leave me after I had earlier lost my mother, but
before he gave up the ghost, it was as if he knew he was going to die. My
father, oh my GOD (may his soul rest in perfect peace) before he died he
called me and told me that he deposited the sum of FIFTEEN Million US
Dollars (US$15,000,000.00) in fix deposit account in one of the prime bank
here in Abidjan the economic capital of Cote D'Ivoire.

That the money was meant for his diamond and Gold company he wanted to
establish in Abidjan,Cote d`Ivoire, according to my father he deposited
the money in suspense account using my name as the next of kin. He
instructed me to seek for a reliable and trust worthy business partner for
my life time investment abroad.Now I have succeeded in locating the
deposit documents and the bank where this money was deposited in
Abidjan,Cote d`Ivoire. My uncle has seized all my late father's properties
of which he want me to provide every other documents related to my late
father's bank deposit I refused. Now my life is in a very big danger, For
this reason I have to look for my safety and security pending my coming
over to meet you immediately after the transferring of my inheritance
funds to your account.I am now in Abidjan where the money was deposited.

Now my uncle is going around Cote D'ivoire looking for me to collect all
the documents that covers this money, note that my father told me that I
should not give it to any body or show it to any body but it should be the
someone that I trust who will help me to retrieve the money. Due to
political problem in my country, and now since I and my junior sister is
the only person left in my family, I seek your assistance in the following

(1.) To provide a bank where this money can be transferred into.
(2.) To make arrangements for us to come over to your country after the
successful transferring of this money into your account, to come and
further our education.
(3.) To help me invest this money in a profitable business since i am only
17yrs of age and do not know about business.
(4.)To sponsor transfer this money into your account.
(5.)I want you to promise me that you are not going to betray me after the
money gets into your account.

We must do these with trust, I am willing to offer you 20% of the total
fund if only you can help me out of our present predicament. To make
arrangement for us to come over to your country to further my education
and to secure a resident permit in your country,I await your immediate
response to know what to do next please help me.

Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Thanks and God Bless.
Yours faithfully
Raphael and Juliet Kamara

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