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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:

From: "brian thomos" <brianthomos004@hotmail.com>
Date: Sat, 06 Aug 2005 02:59:01 +0000
Subject: CLAIM AS NEXT OK KIN

FROM THE DESK OF BARRISTER BRIAN THOMOS,
CHAMBERS ESQ.
ADDRESS: 103 MURPHY ROAD IKEJA LAGOS,NIGERIA.
EMAIL: brianthomos003@yahoo.com


[URGENT ATTENTION IS
NEEDED]
Goodday, My Good Friend

I am Barrister Brian Thomos, a legal practitioner, I am the personal
attorney to my late claintmr Williams Jackson, A nationale of your country,
who used to work with Chevron Nigeria limited,here in Nigeria. On the 27th
of January 2002, my client,his wife and their three children were involved
in Ikeja bomb blast here in my country. My client and his family
unfortunately lost there lives.

Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my
clients extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful. After these
several unsuccessful That is why I contacted you,and the reason why i
contacted you is to assist me in repatriating the money and property left
behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by
the bankwhere these huge deposits were lodged.

Particularly,the Acess attempts,I decided and do some research in the
internet, to locate any member of his family.The African Deveopment Bank of
Nigeria Plc, Lagos Branch where my client deposited US$11.7million dollars.

The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the
Account onfiscated within the next ten official working days. Since I have
been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 Years now I seek your
consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased, so that the
proceeds of this account valued at US$11.7million dollars can be transferred
to your account there in your country, then you and me can share the money.

I have all necessary legal documents that back up the claim we may make.
All I require is your honest co- operation to enable us see this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Please indicate your readiness to assist me,so that all the informations
about this funds will be passed to you immediately. You should send to me
your full names and your private telephone numbers for easy
communications.And also assure me of your trust and remember that the trust
in business is confidentiality.So let it be only between me and you. If you
give me your full coperation and this transaction is properly executed,I am
prepared to give you 40% of the total sum for
your kind assistance.

50% will be for me and 10% percent will be for any expences we may incure
along in this transaction. Please get in touch with me by my private email
to enable us discuss further.
Thank you very much for your understanding.

Best Regards,

Barrister; Brian Thomos.

PLEASE VIEW THESE WEBSITES BELOW TO CONFIRM WHAT I AM TELLING YOU AND
GET BACK TO ME.

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2718295.stma
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2698081.stm


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