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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: "mr_kayode_williams" <>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 23:07:54 -0600
Subject: Please get back me

With due regards, I am Mr Kayode Williams (ICAN), a banker to (Mr.Wahab Daniel) ,who used to work with Shell Development Company in lagos nigeria. Here in after shall be referred to as my client and custormer to my bank. where i am the bank manager. On the 21st of April 2002, my client, his wife and their only daughter were involved in a gastly car accident along Benin/ lagos Express Road.

All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to their embassy here to locate any of my clients extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful.After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to transfer this fund to the to a foriegen country so that i will come and share this fund with the less previlege once's and to you who assisted me in transfering this fund. To locate any person that can be well trusted and diciplined I contacted you.

I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund valued at USD $6.230million left behind by my late client before it get confisicated or declared unserviceable by the(Allstate Trust Bank Plc)here in lagos nigeria ,where this huge amount were deposited. And now the bank has issued a notice for the next of kin to provide his / her self or have his account confisicated within the next twenty one official working days.

Since i have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 2years now, I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since there was no one found as the next of kin,so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer.

I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim. All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through.I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Please get in touch with me through the below email or through my direct phone number for more details. +23408-417-243 email :(

urgent responce to this letter will be proudly appreciated.

Best Regards.

Mr Kayode Williams

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