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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: "Raphael Kamara" <>
Date: Tue, 18 Oct 2022 09:28:36 -0700
Subject: Attention:

Hello dear,

I am very much pleased to reach you by faith believing that you will accept this proposal for assistance and investment in good faith. My name is Raphael Kamara, the only son of late Chief Vincent Kamara and I am a 17 years old boy from Freetown Province in Sierra Leone. I am in the position of US$7.5 Million which my late father deposited in fixed with a bank in Cote d'Ivoire which he wanted to use finance his presidential political ambition in our Country before he was affected with these deadly corona viruses in his business trip to France in October 2021 that lead to his sudden death. This money was realized from royalties and the alluvial gold dust sold during the war when my father was the Chief of Freetown Province, Republic of Sierra Leone.

As his only child, I am presently taking refuge in Ivory Coast following the death of my father and my stepmother was desperately after my life because of my late father's wealth which he used as the only Son to deposit the money in the bank as the next of kin. I have decided to invest this money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and personal reasons. I seek your assistance to claim this money and have it moved out of this country to enable you to assist me plan for the investment outside this country so as to enable me to plan for my future. I will give you 15% of the money for your kind assistance to me. I will give you further details as soon as I hear from you. Please, I wait for your response.

Best regards,
Raphael Kamara

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