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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: Daniel Kamal <>
Date: Wed, 05 Sep 2018 15:37:29 +0200
Subject: From: Daniel Kamal !

Dear Sir/Madam,

You may be surprised to receive this mail since you don't know me
personally, but with due respect, trust and humility, I write to you
this proposal. I am Mr. Daniel Kamal, the son of Mr. Ibrahim Kamal of
Darfur Sudan. It is indeed my pleasure to contact you for assistance of
a business venture which I intend to establish in your country. I got
your contact while I was doing a private research on the Internet for a
reliable foreign partner that will assist my family and I transfer the
said funds to your personal or private account for investment purposes.

Though I have not met with you before, but considering the recent
political instabilities in my country, I have no other choice than to
confide in for the smooth facilitation of this transaction. There is
this huge amount of funds (US45 Million.) FORTY FIVE MILLION UNITED
STATE DOLLARS) which my late Father deposited here in a private security
company awaiting claim before he was assassinated by unknown persons
during this war in Darfur Sudan. Now I have decided to invest the funds
in your country or anywhere safe for security reasons. I have mutually
agreed to compensate you with 40% of the total amount if you agree to
assist me. You can contact me through this Email:
All I require is your honest & kind co-operation. I will give you
further details as soon as you show interest in helping me.

I wait for your kind consideration to my proposal.

Best Regards,

Daniel Kamal.

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