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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:

Date: Tue, 26 Sep 2006 04:42:02 -0700
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?OK?=


Dear Friend,
It is obvious that this proposal will come to you as a surprise. This is
because we have not met before but i am inspired to sending you this email
by the huge fund transfer opportunity that will be of mutual benefit to
the two of us.

I am Anthony Madu, the personal Attorney to the late Engr.Steve Moore,
may his soul rest in Perfect piece. He used to work with Shell Petroleum
Development Company(SPDC) in Nigeria. On the 21st of April 2001,my client,
his wife And their son were involved in a car accident along Sagamu/Lagos
Express Road. Unfortunately they all lost their lives in the event of the
accident, Since then I have made several enquiries to several Embassies
to locate any of my clients extended relatives, thishas 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. Then I have to contact you to assist me in repatriating the money
left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable
by the finance house where this huge deposits were lodged.

Particularly, the finance house where the deceased had an account valued
at about US$25.5 Million has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin/
relatives so that thefund left will be transferred/release or the account
will be confiscated within the next twenty official working days. Since
I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for some years now, I
seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased so that
the proceeds of this account valued at US$25.5Million can be paid to you
and then you and I can share this money. 60% to me and 35% to you, while
5% should be for expenses or tax as your Government may require.

All I require is your honest and co-operation to enable us see this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law. I will want you to send
to me on your return email the following information for the transfer in
your favour.

1, Your full Name,
2, Your contact Address.
3, Your private phone ,Mobile and fax numbers for easy
4,Your occupation
5, Your age.
6, Your country.

I await for your kind response, Please if you are interested and capable
in handling this deal with me,please Due get back to me Asap with the information's.through
my alternative mailbox only for security reasons which is this E-mail box
please ( and call immediately you receive this
Note that the nurture of this deal needs a very top secrecy.

Best Regards,
Barrister Anthony Madu.(Esq)
Reply to this E-mail box ( )

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