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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: "akao dorismboma" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 12:55:21 +0000
Subject: ECO BANK

Hello Friend,

I am doris akao,the personal accountant to Engr. Arthur, a
National who use to work with Shell development Company in Nigeria.
Herein,i want to refer to my client. On the 21st of April 2002, my
client, his wife and their three children were involved in a car
along Sagamu express road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately
their lives. Since then I have made several enquires to your embassy to
locate any of my client's extended relatives,this has also proved
unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts to locate any
of his family, hence I contacted you.

I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the money and property
behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by
the bank where this huge deposit is lodged. Particularly, the Eco
Plc, where the deceased had an account valued at about 11.5 Million U.S
Dollars The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or
the account confiscated within the next fourteen official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 3 years
now I
seek your consent to present you as the next of kin so that we can
share the
money. 65% for me and 30% for you, while 5% will be used to offset all
expenses incurred in the course of this transaction including tax.

Therefore, if you are interested to execute this deal with me, kindly
forward to me your private telephone/fax numbers to enable me submit
them to
the bank where my late client deposited his money. I guarantee that
this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect
any breach of the law.

Please get in touch with me via my PRIVATE email:

I anticipate your urgent response!

Best regards,

doris akao
PHONE== 234-8028-3676-38

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