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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: Bamba Kamara <>
Date: Tue, 14 Jul 2020 08:47:42 +0000
Subject: Urgent Assistance

My name is Mr. Bamba Kamara, a Banker here in Togo, I occupy the
position of an accountant in this branch office, it is with good
spirit of heart I opened up this great opportunity to you.
A deceased client of mine ,that bears the same last name with you,
died as the result of a heart-related condition on March 12th 2005.
His heart condition was due to the death of all the members of his
family in the tsunami disaster on the 26th December2004 in
umatra Indonesia
My late Client has a deposit ($18.5MILLION) Eighteen Million And Five
Hundred Thousand Dollar) left behind,i contacted you so i can present
you as my late client next of kin,so the money can be transferred to
your account,and we will share it together.
Contact me for more information.
Best regards

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