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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Mon, 30 May 2005 16:15:00 -0700
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?OFFICE=20OF=20THE=20BARRISTER?=


30TH MAY 2005




I am Barrister Bon Nwakanma esq, I am the Personal Attorney to Mr. Gerald
O'Hara a national of your country, who used to work with Nigerian National
Co-operation(NNPC). On the 31st of October 1999, my
his wife (Mrs. Caryl O'Hara) and their three little children were involved
in a plane crash, which crashed into the Ocean.
Unfortunately they All lost their lives in the event of the crash, Since
then I have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my
extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several
attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet to locate any
member of his family but of no avail, hence I contacted you.
I contacted you to assist in repartrating the money and property left behind
by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the
bank where this huge deposits were lodged. Particularly, the Bank where
the deceased had an account valued at about $17.5 million U.S dollars
million, five hundred thousand dollars).
Conseqently, The bank issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have
the account confiscated within the next ten official working days. Since
I have been unsuccesfull in locating the the relatives for over 2 years
now. I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased
since you are from the same country so that the proceeds of this account
valued at $17.5 million U.S dollars can be paid to you and then you and
me can share the money. 55% to me and 40% to you, while 5% should be for
expenses or tax as your government may require.
I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim
we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this
deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get
in touch with me by my email to enable us discuss further.

Yours Faithfully,
Barrister Bon Nwakanma (SAN).

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