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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: john paul <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 16:33:07 +0100
Subject: Good day,

BARRISTER (PROF) JOHN PAUL(ESQ) Senior Advocate, International Legal Practitioner Wisdom Chamber's
Lagos Nigeria


Good day, I am sorry for contacting you through this medium without a Previous notice,I had to use E-mail because it is an easier and more confidential way of making contact with people around the world.My name is Barr John Paul,a Fifty(50) yearS old Attorney in practice here in NIGERIA.I had a client by Name Engr.Edward, who is a national of your country and contractor based here in NIGERIA now deceased.My client lost his life alongside his wife and only child on the 27th of January 2005 while he was travelling Details of this incidence can be checked on the following website; <><> Prior to the Death of my Late Client,He secured a contract of $17,500,000.00 million from the Federal Government of Nigeria,following which he received a 30% mobilization fee of US$5,750,000.00 Million andsuccessfully executed the contract, but the balance of US$11,750,000.00 Million contract payment was in the Process of being transferred into My Late Client's Account with CENTRAL BANK which he submitted to the Federal Government OF NIGERIA before he lost his life in the incidence. Three Months after his sudden Death,The Federal Government of Nigeria effected the transfer of the balance of his Contract Funds into the Account that My Late Client has on his file with the Government.As his personal Attorney before his death,I have been officially notified and instructed by the CENTRAL BANK OF NIGERIA where the money is currently deposited that I should provide and forward the particulars of Engr.Edward next of kin so that the Funds in his Account can be remitted into his Next of Kin's Account in accordance with British Laws. However, as the personal attorney and close confidant of late Engr.Edward,I want you to know that My late Client died interstate,i.e,He died without leaving a Will.Hence,all my efforts to locate any of his relative whom I can present to the Bank as his next of kin has proved abortive. Therefore I am seeking for your consent to present you as the deceased relative/next of kin and subsequently the beneficiary of the fund so that the proceed of this account valued at $11,750,000.00 Million can be paid to you for subsequent disbursement between you and I. If you can cooperate with me and receive this funds as next of kin to late Engr.Edward,confirm your interest by contacting me through my confidential email above.I can assure you that the deal is 100% risk free because i am in possesion of the deceased personal file which contains all information which I shall use to prove your relationship with the deceased therefore the money will be paid into the account of whomever I present as LATE Engr.Edward THE Next of kin with proofs that I will present to the bank when needed. When I receive a positive response and after properdiscussion with you,I will furnish you all relevantinformation that will facilitate the release of theFunds to you An Application will have to be filed tothe Bank for processing of the release of the Fundsinto your nominated Bank account any where in theworld.Please do send the following information of yours sothat we can kick up this mutual business transaction. 1.Full Name2.Phone/Fax Number3.Address.4.Occupation.5.Date of Birth. Your immediate reply will be highly appreciated.Reply With This:

Stay blessed,BARR JOHN PAUL
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