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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: Thu, 18 Jun 2015 03:56:48 +1000
Subject: Your urgent attention is needed.

>From Raphael Kamara
Abidjan - Cote D'ivoire.

Dear Guardian,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship
with you. My name is Raphael Kamara and my junior sister Juliet Kamara,
the only sons and daughter of late Mr and Mrs Chief Vincent Kamara from
Republic of Sierra Leone in West Africa, I am contacting you to help me
relocate to your country to continue my education in university in your
country, before my father died he gave me a deposit slip document of
($15,000,000 USD) he deposited in a commercial banks here in Côte d'Ivoire
and let me understand that it was because of his position in government of
our country that his government associates planed and poisoned him on
their official assignment trip with them to France and he advised me to
look for a faithful and reliable foreigner who will help me to transfer
this money to his country and help me and my younger sister Juliet to
relocate over there in your peaceful country to continue our school.

I hope you will help me with good faith and trust I have in you, after you
have secured the money and settle my education, I will give you a total of
20% of the money for your good and kind assistance to me.

I waiting on your reply
Raphael Kamara

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