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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: Walker Lee <>
Date: Wed, 15 Aug 2007 15:23:05 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: TO... Hendriks Anneke

From Barrister Walker Ogudu Lee.( Esq)
Head, Dubrall Legal House Firm,
Industriel Quartier des Elites,
Cotonou-Benin Republic.
Private E-Mail: ( )
Office Fax:+0022993744158
Private /Tel:+229 93 691805

ATTN : Anneke ,

I am Barrister Walker O. Lee , private attorney to Late Thomas Anneke , a national of your country, who used to work as the Director of Société Nationale de Commercialisation des Produits Pétroliers (SONACOP) Oil Company in Benin Republic West Africa, Here in after shall be Referred to as my client. On October, 15th 2001, my client, His wife and their three Children were involved in a car accident at Cotonou-Abome express-road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my client's extended relatives but all efforts proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track His last name over the Internet to locate any of his Family's member hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in Repatrating his fund valued 11.5 Million dollars (Eleven Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) left behind by my late client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Continental Bank Cotonou Republic of Benin where this huge amount were deposited.The Bank has issued me a notice to provide his relative or have the account confiscated, Since I have been unsuccessful in Locating the relatives for over four years. For the fact that I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 4 years now, I seek the consent to present you as the rightful next of kin to my late client,since you have the same last name with him, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you and then you and me can Share the money 50% to me and 50% to you.

I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim, all I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through, I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Call me immediately you receive this mail on +229 9369 1805, also get back to me with the following informations for proper Identifications. Your Full Name and Address,
Your Age, Occupation and Position, Your Telephone Mobile and Fax Number for Communication Purpose.

Please get back to me through my office email address:

I await your Call and reply ASAP.

Best Regards,
Barrister. Walker Ogudu Lee (Esq ).

Office Fax: 0022993744158
Private Tel:+229 93 691805

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