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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "huge amount of money" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "million us dollars" (they want you to be blinded by the prospect of quick money, but the only money that ever changes hands in 419 scams is from you to the criminals)
- "abidjan" (a location commonly mentioned in 419 scams)
- "god fearing " (scammers in West Africa like to use religious phrases)
- This email message is a orphan scam.
Fraud email example:
From: Raphael Kamara <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Reply-To: Raphael Kamara <email@example.com>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 16:32:08 +0900 (JST)
Subject: From Raphael Kamara
>From Raphael Kamara
Add: 7 rue St. Bernard, Gonzac,
Abidjan - Côte d'Ivoire.
me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with
you. I got your contact from the International web site directory. We
prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to it's
esteeming nature and the recommendations given to us as a reputable and
trust worthy person we can do business with and by their recommendations
we must not hesitate to confide in you for this simple and sincere
I am Raphael Kamara and my junior sister Juliet
Kamara, the only child and daughter of late Mr and Mrs Chief Vincent
Kamara. My father was a very wealthy cocoa merchant in Abidjan, the
economic capital of Ivory Coast, before he was poisoned to death by his
business associates on one of their outing to discus on a business deal.
my mother died on the 6th August 2006, my father took us special
because we are motherless. Before the death of my father on 30th of June
2012 in a private hospital here in Abidjan, he secretly called me on
his bedside and told me that he has a sum of FIFTEEN Million US Dollars
($15.000.000.00) left in a suspense account in a local Bank here in
Abidjan, that he used my name as his only Son for the next of kin in
deposit of the fund and handed all the deposit documents to me.
also explained to me that it was because of this wealth and some huge
amount of money his business associates supposed to balance him from the
deal they had, that he was poisoned by his business associates, that I
should seek for a God fearing foreign partner in a country of my choice
where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose,
(such as real estate management or Five star hotel transport industry).
I am honourably seeking your assistance in the following ways. 1)To
receive the money for me in your account by providing a Bank account
where this money would be transferred to.
2)To serve as the guardian of this since I am a boy of 17 years and I do not have business experience.
help me come over to your country as soon as the money is transferred
to your account so that we will continue our education and a new life.
have it in mind to give you 10% of the total sum(15 million US
Dollars), and 10% share in any investment we will embark upon if you
assist us. We will also set aside 5% of the funds for ancillary expenses
which you will make in course of this transaction- fax messages, phone
This fortune we have revealed to you should remain confidential as it only you who we have told about it.
Anticipating to hear from you quick please.
Thanks and God Bless.
Raphael and Juliet Kamara