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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: Fatima Kamara <>
Reply-To: Fatima Kamara <>
Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 21:45:07 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Miss Fatim Kamara.

Hello Dear

Please Permit me to inform you of my mind, Because I have make up my mind to write to you this way. however is not mandatory or will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will in my earnest search for a reliable individual who can assist me to make this transaction a reality after going through your profile i decided to contact you to help me out of my problem. With my believe in God that you will never let me down.

My name is Miss Fatima Kamara, 20 years old born into the family of late Mr and mrs Lawrence Kamara, my father was a very wealthy Gold and Diamond merchant who based in Freetown, The capital city of Sierra Leone,

Before the death of my father, he called me secretly to his bed side and told me that he deposited the sum of US$5.500 000 (Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) in a bank in Abidjan Cote D'ivoire. meanwhile that he used my name as the next of kin. He also explained to me that it was because of this money he was poisoned by his business partner and that I should seek for foreign partner where I would transfer this money and use it for investment purpose, such as; real estate investment or stock market investment. Plesae, I am honourably soliciting your kind assistance as follows.

1) To provide a bank account where this money will be transferred into.

2) To serve as the guardian of these fund, since I am 20years old orphan.

3)To make arrangement for me in your country to continue my educational career and to procure me a residential permit in your country.

I am ready to offer you 25% of the total sum as a mode of compensation for your effort after the successful transferring of these fund to your nominated account.

I am expecting to hear from you as soon as possible.

May Almighty God bless you as you do care for an orphan like me.

Miss Fatim Kamara.

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