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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: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 11:16:51 +0000

Johnson Creek & Associates
2, Kudeti Street,

Dear Sir/Ma,

I crave your indulgence for the unsolicited nature of this letter, but it
was borne out of desperation and current development. Please bear with me.I
am Barrister Johnson Creek a solicitor at law. I was the Personal attorney
to Mr.Van, a national of your country, who used own an oil servicing
company in Nigeria Herein after shall be referred to as my client. On the
21st of November, client his wife and their three Children were
involved in a car accident along sagbama express road. All occupants of the
vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.

I know that my client had no living kin but i went ahead and made several
inquiries to your embass to locate any of my clients extended relatives but
this has proved unsuccessful. I only did so to be double sure of this fact.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last
nameover the Internet, hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist
me in repatriating 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 Standard Trust Bank Nigeria Ltd where
the deceased had an account valued at about $12.5million us dollars.

This account will be confiscated after four years if not claimed and We have
just about two month. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over 3 years now I seek your consent to present you as the
next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name so that the
proceeds of this account valued at $12.5million us dollars. can be paid to
you and then .
you and me can share the money. 30% shall be for you because you are the
relative of my late client and 60% for me while 10% is earmarked for
expenses that will be incurred during the process of Transfer of the fund. I
have allnecessary legal documents that can! be used to back up any 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 a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Please get in touch with me by my to enable
us discuss further. You may also send your phone number so that I can call

I look forward to your urgent response.

Best regards,
Barr Johnson Creek

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