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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: "Ms Clara Hammond" <> (may be fake)
Date: Sun, 16 Dec 2018 07:42:20 +0100
Subject: HELLO


Good day,I hope you are in good atmosphere of peace and love.Please do not be surprise or get offended for receiving this message from me, It just that I have been obliged to lay a mere trust on you due to my situation here in the refugees camp. Having searched through the internet from where I got your email address I strongly believe in my heart that you must be honest and sincere person for me to disclose my life secrets for you to help me.

Let me first of all introduce myself to you, and I will require the best of your honesty after you knowing about me and whom that I am, I will really
like us to have a good relationship in-spite of anything because I have the feeling that you will be honest and trusted person and you will not betray
me.I decided to contact you because of the urgency of my situation here and after reading your mail today I whole-heatedly decided to let you know more
and more about me, who knows? Maybe you will be my Savior, from this conditions I have found myself into. My name is Miss Clara Hammond, 23yrs
old from South Sudan, the only daughter of Late Roland Hammond. The managing director of true capitalist industries Ltd in South Sudan the capital city
of my country years past. My late father is one of the richest business men in my country, in anything pertaining Gold and diamonds, but he was
assassinated by the rebels and the greedy fellows in my country during the war, on his way down to the village with my two younger ones.Therefore I am constrained to contact you because of the maltreatment I am receiving from my step mother. She planned to take away all my late father's treasury and properties from me since the unexpected death of my beloved Father.

Meanwhile I wanted to escape from Africa to anywhere in the world but she hides away my international passport and other valuable traveling documents.
Luckily she did not discover where I kept my father s File which contains important documents. So I decided to run to the refugee s camp where I am
presently seeking asylum under the Private charity organization for the UN here in Republic of Senegal. I wish to contact you personally for a long
term relationship that may lead us to somewhere better if we work well on it. Please i want you to know that Life here in the refugee s camp is very stressful and I honestly prays to move out from here as soon as you help me.

My late father of blessed memory deposited the sum of (Nine Million Seven Hundred Thousand US Dollars) in a Bank, in Europe with my name as the next
of kin. However, I shall forward you with the necessary documents onconfirmation of your acceptance to assist me for the transfer of the funds to your bank accounts, on my behalf. As you will help I in an investment and I will like to complete my studies in your country like I said earlier, as I
was in my 1st year in the university, when the crisis started. After the transfer you will arrange for my trip joining you over there for us to share
these feelings face to face. I tried all my possible best and explain my conditions here to the bank in Europe but they told me that my Refugee
status in Senegal does not permit me to such a transactions, unless I look for someone to help me,(maybe my relatives, trusted friends or partners).

To be sincere with you, I prefer to tell my secrets to a stranger because he/she will not have a mind to cheat me or betray me, not somebody here, if
people here know that I have such funds my life will be in a danger and risky, that is why I am disclosing this to you with all my hearts and
confidence that you will keep this confidential for my safety reasons and life purposes, I sincerely want to let you know that We will invest the fund
together me and you, or if you don't intend staying with me then It will be my pleasure to compensate you with 15% of the total money for your services
and the balance shall be my investment capital. This is the reason why I decided to contact you. Please all communications should be through this
email address only for confidential purposes.
As soon as I received your positive response showing your interest to help me, I will put things into action immediately. I will send the contacts of
the bank in Europe so that you will contact them immediately for them to transfer the funds to your bank accounts, please this is a legitimate money and the bank is also aware that I am the next of kin because I have send them the documents where my late father written my name as the next of kin and they have also confirmed it and say that I should look for someone to help me facilitate the funds transfer, since I am in Refugee camp. In the
light of the above, I shall appreciate an urgent message indicating your ability and willingness to handle this relationship and transaction

I am waiting for your urgent and positive response. Please do keep this only to yourself please I am on my knees in the name of the God, do not disclose this secret to anybody till I come over to your country, once the funds has been transferred.

Yours Sincerely,

Miss Clara Hammond

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