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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:
- 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)
- "hundred thousand 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>
Date: Fri, 18 Oct 2019 04:02:20 -0500
Subject: Hello dear
From Raphael Kamara
Ave 7 rue16 St. Andrew, Agboville,
Abidjan, REPUBLIC OF COTE D'IVOIRE.
Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship
with you. I got your contact from the International web site directory.
I prayed over it and selected your name among other names due to what my
mind told me to me that you are a reputable and trust worthy person I
can expose my ordeal to and do business with. So I must not hesitate to
confide in you for this simple and sincere business.
I am Raphael Kamara and my younger sister Juliet Kamara who is 15 years
now, we are the only son and daughter of late Mr and Mrs CHIEF Vincent
Kamara from the Republic of Sierra Leone in West Africa. My father was a
very wealthy known cocoa and diamond merchant in Abidjan were we are
currently to see for the release of our inheritance, 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.
When my mother died on the 6th August 2016, my father took me and my
younger sister so special because we are his only child and motherless.
Before the death of my father on 30th of November 2018 in a private
hospital here in Abidjan, he secretly called me on his bedside and told
me that he has a sum of $7.500.000 (seven million, five hundred thousand
US dollars) 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. He 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).
Please, 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.
3) To 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
I am willing to give you 20% of the sum as compensation for effort
input after the successful transfer of this fund to your designate
account overseas. Anticipating to hear from you quick please. Thanks and
Raphael and Juliet