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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: "adebayo musa" <>
Date: Fri, 02 Sep 2005 12:43:07 +0000
Subject: Good Day

Dear Rich,

I am a staff of Inland Bank Nigeria pLC,My name is Adebayo Musa , aBanker.
I am the personal Account Manager to Engr. smith. Rich, who was formerly
working with shell Development company in Nigeria hereinafter,referred to as
my clientele. On 30th JAN 2000, my clientele,his wife,and their three
children were involved in the Kenyan Airways(registration number 5Y-BEN) air
crash which departed from Nairobi to destination Lagos and all the family
died in this fatal air mishap on 30th JAN 2000.

Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my clientele's
extended relatives, this proved unsuccessful. After these several
unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name on the Internet, to
locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.
I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left
behind by my clientele before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable
by the Bank(Inland Bank Nigeria}pLC ) where these huge deposits were lodged
,where the deceased had an account valued at about
(10 Million U.S Dollars). Recently, my Bank((Inland Bank Nigeria}pLC issued
me a notice to provide
my clientele's next of kin or have the account confiscated within the
shortest time frame.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for years now, I
seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since
you have the same last name with him so that the proceeds of this account
valued at (10Million U.S Dollars ) can be paid into your
As a matter of business, the sharing formular runs thus : 55% to me and 40%
to you and 5% set aside to offset expenses incurred by both parties. An
attorney will be contracted to help us to obtain all the necessary legal
documents that can be used to back up your claims.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal
Iguarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect us from any breach of the law.You can as well reply me through
my pravite mail box;

Best regards,
Adebayo Musa.

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