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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "smat okon" <smat_okon1@latinmail.com>
Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 10:16:04 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: NEXT OF KIN


SIR/MADAM

I AM BARRISTER SMAT OKON SOLICITOR. I AM THE
PERSONAL ATTORNEY TO MR THOMAS ANINDYA, A NATIONAL OF YOUR
COUNTRY, WHO USED TO WORK WITH SHELL DEVELOPMENT
COMPANY IN NIGERIA.ON THE 2ND OF MAY 1999, MY CLIENT,
HIS WIFE AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN WERE INVOLVED IN A
CAR ACCIDENT ALONG SAGBAMA EXPRESS ROAD. ALL OCCUPANTS
OF THE VEHICLE UNFORTUNATELY LOST THERE LIVES. SINCE
THEN I HAVE MADE SEVERAL ENQUIRIES TO YOUR EMBASSY TO A
LOCATE ANY OF MY CLIENTS EXTENDED RELATIVES, THIS HAS
ALSO PROVED UNSUCCESSFUL.

AFTER THESE SEVERAL UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS, I DECIDED
TO TRACE HIS RELATIVES OVER THE INTERNET, TO LOCATE
ANY MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY BUT OF NO AVAIL, HENCE I
CONTACTED YOU. I HAVE CONTACTED YOU TO ASSIST IN
REPARTRATING THE MONEY THAT BELONG TO MY CLIENT BEFORE
THEY GET CONFISICATED OR DECLARED UNSERVICEABLE BY THE
BANK WHERE THIS HUGE DEPOSITS WERE LODGED.
PARTICULARLY, THE BANK WHERE THE DECEASED HAD AN
ACCOUNT VALUED AT ABOUT $30MILLION DOLLARS HAS ISSUED
ME A NOTICE TO PROVIDE THE NEXT OF KIN OR HAVE THE
ACCOUNT CONFISICATED WITHIN THE NEXT TEN OFFICIAL
WORKING DAYS. SINCE I HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESFULL IN
LOCATING THE THE RELATIVES FOR OVER 3 YEARS NOW I SEEK
YOUR CONSENT TO PRESENT YOU AS THE NEXT OF KIN OF THE
DECEASED SINCE YOU ARE FROM THE SAME COUNTRY AND BEAR
THE SAME LAST NAME ,SO THAT THE PROCEEDS OF THIS
ACCOUNT VALUED AT $30 MILLION DOLLARS CAN BE PAID TO
YOU AND THEN YOU AND ME CAN SHARE THE MONEY. 55% TO ME
AND 40% TO YOU,WHILE 5% SHOULD BE FOR EXPENSES OR TAX
AS YOUR GOVERNMENT MAY REQUIRE, I HAVE THE ERTIFICATE
OF DEPOSIT THAT CAN BE USED TO BACK UP ANY CLAIM WE
MAY MAKE. ALL I REQUIRE IS YOUR HONEST COOPERATION TO
ENABLE US SEE THIS DEALT THROUGH.

I GUARANTEE THAT THIS WILL BE EXECUTED UNDER A
LEGITIMATE ARRANGEMENT THAAT WILL PROTECT YOU FROM ANY
BREACH OF THE LAW.PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME BY MY
EMAIL=smatokon19@yahoo.co.uk TO ENABLE US DISCUSS FURTHER.
I WILL OBTAIN AFFIDAVIT FROM COURT WHEN YOU RESPONS
TO ME.
BEST REGARDS,
ESQ:SMAT OKON



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