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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: Gordon Smith <>
Reply-To: Gordon Smith <>
Date: Thu, 14 Jul 2016 09:46:18 +0000 (UTC)

>From Gordon S. Kamara
Abidjan Cote-D'lvoire

Good day,

With due respect and humility I write you this proposal which I believe would be of great interest to you. I am Mr. Gordon Smith Kamara, a Sierra Leone National and the son of late Dr. Lamine Kamara of the blessed memory. My father was assassinated by the rebel forces and before his death, he was the Director General National Gold Diamond Mining Corporation of Sierra Leone. After my father's assassination, I managed to escape to Abidjan the Republic of Cote D'lvoire through the help of my father's friend who is a trawler and I came into Abidjan with some valuables including a cash sum of US$35.2 Million ( Thirty Five Million Two Hundred Thousand United State Dollars Only) in a trunk boxes which I deposited with a security company here in Abidjan Cote d'lvoire. For your information, I did not disclose real content of the boxes to the security company and I do not wish them to know this under any circumstances. Rather, I deposited the boxes as containing personal valuables. Meanwhile, I want to leave Abidjan Cote d'lvoire entirely with this money for investment in your country because of the stable political situation over there in your country. Right now I am seeking for a foreign partner who will assist me receive this money in his account for the investment and that is my motive for contacting you. Moreover, you are requested to assist in the following areas:

1. You will assist in providing me a permanent residence/resident permit in your country after this money has been transferred into your designated account in your country.
2. You will be responsible in advising me to invest this fund in a viable venture in your country.
3. You will pay a short working visit (3 days) to meet with me face to face here in Abidjan Cote d'lvoire to enable us establish a personal contact and confidence between us and then open a bank account here in Abidjan on your name where this fund will be deposited so that we can make the transfer from the account to your designated bank account there in your country.

If you are willing to assist me, do not hesitate to reply me immediately you receive this mail so as to enable us proceed in Ernest towards concluding this transaction. I am prepared to compensate you with 30% of the total fund, and 35% share in the total investment to be made. Please ensure that no one else know about this transaction for security reasons. It is only myself, yourself and the Evangelist of the Church where I worship who know about this money and the evangelist has been of good help to me throughout my stay here in Cote d'lvoire his country. May God bless you as you assist me relocate to your country for the investment of this fund.

Yours Sincerely

Gordon S. Kamara.

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