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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: "Barr.Frank Odile" <frank_odile08@hotmail.com>
Reply-To: odilechambers@uymail.com
Date: Wed, 21 Mar 2007 16:29:29 -0700
Subject: VERY URGENT ATTENTION

FROM THE DESK OF
Barrister Frank Odile

Attn: Sir/Madam,

I am BARRISTER FRANK ODILE, a personal Attorney to LATE MR.JOHN VOELKER, and
a National of your Country. He was also a Contractor with one of the
Government Parastatals,He executed contract with the NIGERIAN NATIONAL
PETROLEUM CORPORATION (NNPC) here in Nigeria before his death.Unfortunately
my client who perished in the plane crash of October 31st 1999 {with
Egyptian airline 990} with other passengers aboard as you can confirm it
your self at this web page:http://www.bromike.com/departed/egypt.html

Up till today none of his relatives has come forward to claim his contracts
fund with the NIGERIAN NATIONAL PETROLUM CORPORATION (NNPC) I have made
several enquiries to locate any of my client's extended relatives, but it
was proved abortive, as he has no wife. After these several unsuccessful
attempts, I decided to contact you to assist me and claim this money valued
US$20 Million as the next of kin of my late client as the Bank has given
mandate to provide his Next of Kin or the payment will be cancelled.

I will obtain all necessary documents on your behalf for the claim. All I
require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us get this fund
transfer to you. I guarantee you that this will be executed under legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law as all
machineries have been put in place for the smooth transfer of the Fund.Also
I would be grateful if this mail will be favored with an earlier reply, all
I need from you is to furnish me with your contact information such as:
Your Full Name and Address, Your Age, Occupation and Sex, your direct phone
and fax number for fast communication.

However, I am compensating you with 40% of the total amount, now all my hope
is banked on you as I really wants to invest this money in your country,
were there is stability of Government, political and economic welfare.

NOTE: I know there may be scams and junk mails flying here and there on the
Internet but certainly; this is not one of them. Now I urge you to take this
message serious and with an open mind, with good faith and trust. Join me
and I am assuring you that you will never be disappointed.

Yours Sincerely ,

Barrister Frank Odile (Esq).

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