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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: "Dr Neka Lai" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 1 May 2007 15:11:22 +0000
Subject: urgent reply pls.

Dear friend.
I am Dr Neka Lai manager audit account department of African
Development Bank(A.D.B.) Dakar Senegal.In my department we discovered an
DOLLARS ($10,300,000.00 ) in an account that belongs to one of our
foreign customer who died along with his entire family in an aeroplane crash.
Since the bank got information about his death we have been expecting
his next of kin to come over and claim his money because we cannot release
the fund unless somebody applies for it as next of kin or relation to the
deceased as indicated in our banking guidelines and laws, but unfortunately
we learnt that all his supposed next of kin died alongside
with him at the plane crash leaving nobody behind for the claim.
And our banking law and guideline here stipulates that if such money
remains unclaimed after five years, such money will be moved into the banking
treasurer as unclaimed fund.
I request of a foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned
by the fact that the deceased customer was a foreigner a citizen Senegal
cannot stand as next of kin.
If you accept my proposal to do this deal to the end i will give to you
30% of the total money will be for you as a foreign partner while 10% will
be set aside to cover any expenses that might be incurred during the
process of transferring the fund to your nominated bank account.
If you're willing to handle this deal with me kindly get back to me with
your Private telephone and fax numbers for easy communications well as your
personal picture or a copy of your international passport to enable me
know whom I’m dealing with.
Note: I demand the highest trust from you to keep this business
strictly confidential for security reasons as you may know that the bank don't
know that i am the one that contacted you to stand for this claim.
At the end of this transaction which will be when the money will hit
your account safely i will then come over to your country for sharing the
fund according to the previous agreed percentage, you might even have to
advice me on possibilities of investment in your country.
I am expecting your urgent reply,
Best regards,PLS REACH ME FROM (
Dr Neka Lai

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