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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: donarld ogbe <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 07:10:50 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Urgent Attention,DXsirXe Eckhardt

Mr.Donarld Ogbe
Orient Bank Nig Plc
Lagos Nigeria.

Dear Désirée,
My name is Mr.Donarld Ogbe,I am a banker and Senior Manager with Orient Bank (Nig) PLC; I am the personal Accounts Manager to your Late cousin ENGINEER (Michael Eckhardt ) a National of your country,who is a contractor with the DEPARTMENT OF PETROLEUM RESOURCES VICTORIA ISLAND,LAGOS.

Here in after referred to as my client. On 30 JAN 2000, my client, his wife, and their two children were involved in the Kenya airways flight with registration number 5Y-BEN which departed from Nairobi to destination Lagos and they all family died in this fatal Air crash on 30 JAN 2000 Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, but to no avail.In view of these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared inserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged, particularly the Orient Bank (Nig) PLC. Where the deceased had an account Valued at about ($16.2 million u s dollars) has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin. Or have the account confiscated within the next Fitheen official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 5 years now.

I seek your consent and utmost confidecialty to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at ($16.2 million US Dollars) can be paid to you ,then you and me Can share the money on the ration.50% to me and 50% to you also note that. we might seek in this transaction an attorney who will be contracted to help us revalidate and notarize all the relevant legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through by keeping this transations very close to your heart untill the fund is released to you. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and me
from any breach of the law.

Yours faithfully,
Mr.Donarld Ogbe.

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