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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:

Date: 8 May 2022 17:11:54 -0700
Subject: Reply

Dear Sir/Madam,

I know this letter might beat your imagination as we have no previous correspondence. My name is Mr. Kim Jose, the son of Dr. Benjamin Kim. Sierra-Leonean business man and owner of RMS Mining Company in Sierra-Leone.

My dad died a few years ago when the Revolutionary United Front (R.U.F) rebels attacked our residence in Free-Town, Sierra-leone. Following the cease fire agreement which was reached with the help of the United Nations Peace-Keeping Troops, I used the opportunity to leave the country with a very important document relating to a cash deposit of $13,600,000 (Thirteen Million,Six Hundred Thousand Dollars) deposited by my late father in a security company in South Africa, under my name. This money was realized from diamond export.

Presently, my mother and I are seeking asylum in South Africa under UNHCR. I contacted you because of the need to deal with a person whom my family has no previous personal relationship with. I got your contact from the Internet and I confirmed your country as being economically viable for investment and her people as transparent and trust-worthy to engage in business, hence my reason for writing to you. But my main problem now is that I am confused on how to handle this huge amount of money and also what to do with it as I don't have any previous business experience nor anyone to confide in here in South Africa.

May I use this medium to request from you if you will be disposed to help me keep this fund in your country or any other place of your choice that will have more security to the money. I have contacted the Security Company with the Deposit documents that my Father left behind, of which my name appears as the "Next Of Kin” and the company awaits my coming for the withdrawal.

If it appeals to you to help me, I will suggest you take a trip to South Africa for us to meet face to face and finalize things before moving
the fund. However, if there is any other means you can suggest for the transfer of the fund to your designated account pending my arrival to meet you on investing the money in any profitable business you introduce, as I have decided to leave South Africa.

After the fund gets into your designated account, twenty five percent (25%) of the total amount will be for you, five percent (5%) of this money for all kinds of expenses incurred in the process of this transaction while the remaining 70% will be for my investment in your country. See my contact number

I await your prompt reply.

Yours faithfully,
Kim Jose

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