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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: andrew harris <>
Date: Mon, 20 Aug 2007 15:03:12 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: From Barrister Andrew Harris /// Micheal Gallatin

Dear Micheal Gallatin,

I am Andrew Harris(Esq), a solicitor at law, personal attorney to Mr.Craig A. Gallatin,a nationality of your country, An oil consultant / contractor with the Togolaise Shell Petroleum Corporation. Here in after shall be referred to as my client .On the 11th of sept. 2001, my client,his wife and their only daugther unfortunately lost there lives in World trade center bombing and since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy here to locate any of my client extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name to locate any of his relatives hence I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund valued at US$10,500,000.00 left behind by my client before it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by the security company where this huge amount was deposited in two truck boxes under the coverage of family valuables,according to the laws of the Federal Republic of Togo Section 2 Sub-Section 5, paragraph IV states that at the expiration of 6 (six) years, any unclaimed fund shall be reverted into the escrow account of the Federal Government if nobody puts claims of ownership.

Since I have been unsuccessfully in locating the relatives for almost six years now, I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to my late client so that the boxes will be released and transferred to your home address as his next of kin .Therefore,on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfers as I have every necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim.

All I required is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through.You are also advised to observe utmost confidentiality and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable to both of us as I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. please contact me with this email addresss

Andrew Harris(Esq)
Principal Partner,
Chambre De Vaingueur.
#56 Rue dela Mission,

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