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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: franck lawrance <>
Date: Sat, 18 Nov 2006 10:50:53 -0800 (PST)
Subject: CALL ME

>From The Desk of Barrister FRANCK LAWRANCE
Awakk Chambers
Solicitors, Advocates, Notary Public & Legal Adviser
Maka Plaza, No: 12 Orlu Road ikeji lagos.

My Dearest Friend

It is with trust and believes that I write to you. I am Barrister FRANCK LAWRANCE, a solicitor at law.I am the personal attorney to Mr. jim solata, A nationality of your country,who used to work with shell development company here in Nigeria .Before his death On the 21st of April 2003[my client, and his wife and their three children wereinvolved in a car ccident along sagbama express road in which all occupants of the motor died}.

My client {Jim solata} deposited the sum of (us$10,000,000,00) African Development Bank her in Nigeria for himself,with the hope of transferring it to his country. Since his death I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to
trace his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you to stand as the next of kin so that I can have the chance to apply for the authorities for the release of the inheritance to your account for our own useage only.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my late client before they get confiscated or Declared unserviceable by the African Development bank Group, where the (Money) were Deposited.Particularly, the ADB where the deceased Deposited the Sum valued $10,000,000,00 million dollar in fixed account ,The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of in ten official banking days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this Money valued at ($10,000,000,00) million dollars can be claim by you and then you and me can share the money. 40% to you and 50% to me and
the other 10% will be for expenses each of us mighty make, I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.


NAME: __________SURNAME:__________________

SEX: _____ AGE: ______MARITAL: _______________
COUNTRY: _______CITY: _________

STATE _______ZIP CODE: _______
CONTACT ADDRESS: ________________________
PHONE NO#___________FAX NO#_________________
OCCUPATION: ______________POSITION: _____________
BANK INFO: ___________

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. also the requirement is your full name and address, to enabble get the AFFIDAVITE OF FACT AND CLAIM CERTIFICATE in your name as the real next of kin to my late cleint to empower us received the African Developement Bank. send you the your inheritance fund as the next of kin. your private telephone number for easy communication is needed and this fund will be shared between
me and you.

Best regards,


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