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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: "Suzanne Camara" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Feb 2017 09:06:17 -0000

Dear Sir,

It is my pleasure to contact you after going through your Profile , and repose my trust and confidence on your ability in transaction of this nature.
I am Mrs. Suzanne Camara , the regional Bank Manager of BOA Bank . I came to know about you in my Private Search for a reliable and reputable foreigner to handle this Confidential Transaction.

As the regional Bank Manager of BOA BANK; it is my duty to send a financial report to my head office at the end of each year. On the course of the 2009 year report, We discovered an excess profit of Fifteen Million Seven Hundred Thousand Us Dollars , [ $ 15,700,000.00 ] which my head office are not aware of , and will never be aware of. We have since placed this fund on what we call SUSPENSE ACCOUNT without any beneficiary.

As an officer of the bank I can not be directly connected to this Fund for Security Reasons, that is why I am contacting you for us to work together as partners to receive the said Fund in your account for INVESTMENT in your Country.

The percentage Ratio is thus: 40% for you , 60 % for me and my colleagues .

Note: There are practically no risks involved in this transaction as it is 100% risk free and shall be legally bonded, All I need from you is to stand as the BENEFICIARY to the Deposit . If you accept this offer to work with me, if you find this proposal suitable for you, kindly reply for full details and procedures .

I will appreciate it very much, If this proposal is acceptable by you, Please do not make undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed on you, and I assure you that we shall achieve our Goal successfully.

Best regards,

Mrs. Suzanne Camara

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