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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: Barrister Sam Codd <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 18:34:15 +0100
Subject: Treat Letter With Utmost Urgency.

Sam Codd & Associates.
Barristers and Solicitors
No: 24 Igbesere Road, Opp. Fed. High Court
Lagos Island, Nigeria

Dear Sir,

I am Barrister Sam Codd, a solicitor; I am personal attorney to the late Mr. Francis Pires, a national of your country, who was a consultant with Shell Oil Development Company in Nigeria and also a personal friend of mine. He died and left behind his deposit with Diamond Bank of Nigerian PLC valued at 7,753,000.00 (Seven Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand United States Dollars Only).

My relationship with Mr. Francis Pires started in 1994 when I was a legal adviser to one of the directors in bank at Victoria Island, Lagos. We met in our Golf club's annual end of the year party and I introduced him to my bank where he opened a fix deposit account. Some few weeks later, he made me his personal attorney and the LEGAL officer to the account, which he operated until his unfortunately, demise.

On 4th May 2003, Mr. Francis Pires, his wife and their two children were involved in a car accident. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of Mr. Francis Pires extended relatives this has proved unsuccessful. After several unsuccessful attempts to locate any member of his family, which in all indication proved that; he has no extended family, which consequently made to contact you represent his Next of Kin.

I contacted you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by Mr. Francis Pires before it get confiscated since the bank has declared the account unserviceable. Now I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives of the deceased for over 3years, I therefore seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased, so that the proceeds of this account valued at $7,753,000.00 (Seven Million Seven Hundred and Fifty Three Thousand United States Dollars Only) can be paid to you then you and I can share the money as follows; 60% to me and 40% to you as my representative.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us pull this money through. I assure you that this is 100% risk free and will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect us from any breach of the law. Therefore, to file for the application of release requires the following information from you: -

Requirement As The Next of Kin:

Your Full Name
Contact Address:
Company or Business Name (If any):
Marital Status:
Office or Home Tel:
Cell phone:

May God bless you as I wait for your positive response soonest?

Best regards,
Barrister Sam Codd.
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