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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: "Kenneth Kelley" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 14:07:53 +0000
Subject: Dear Brouwer

Dear Brouwer

I appologise to you for any inconveniences caused if this mail does not meet
your demands,though I do not intend to embarass you by the contents of this
very mail.I am Barrister Kenneth Kelley. I was the personal Attorney to Late
Engineer N.S.Brouwer,who was a citizen of your Country but lived and did his
business here in London with his family and he was the CEO of Suh Properties
before his sudden death along with his family.

This mail is written to solicit your assistance to present you as next of
kin to my Late Client.Before his sudden death,he made a fixed Deposit valued
at USD22million (Twenty Two Million United States Dollars Only) with a Bank
here in London. Unfortunately he lost his life aboard Egypt Air Flight 990,
which crashed into the Atlantic Ocean on October 31, 1999. He left no clear
beneficiary as Next of Kin .

The Bank has searched for the relatives for more than four years without any
success and after 5 years,no claims are made by any of the deceased next of
kin,the money will be sent to unclaimed accounts and embezzled by the
corrupt bank or government officials. It is against this bank drop that the
bank has contacted me as the Late depositor's Attorney to contact and
present to them my late Client's next of kin so that the deposit can be paid
to him or her.This is why I have contacted you.Anybody I present to the bank
as the next of kin to my late Client.

Upon your acceptance, I shall give you other details for the successful
claim of the fund. I have secured from the probate registry, an order of
Mandamus to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries, and more so I am
assuring you that this business is 100% risk free. If this proposal is
acceptable by you, please endeavour to reply me immediately,if not please
disregard this email.

Thank you very much for your anticipated acceptance while I expect your
prompt response.

Yours faithfully,
Kenneth Kelley Esq.

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