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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Princess Ugonma <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2007 23:56:52 +0100
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam

Dear Sir/Madam My Name is Princess Ugonma daughter of the late HRH King Jonathan Etem King of Eleme Kingdom. I am 29 yrs hold and a mother of A son By Name Tony Etem I am in desperate need of your assistant concerning my family wealth. My Mother was the first wife to the late King before her painful death. By the virtue of our African culture. When the King dies he is succeeded by the first son. Which is my elder brother Afam Etem But this was not possible because my step mother the Second wife to my Father wanted her own son to become the King. They, My Stepmother and her children conspired and killed my elder brother.
At first I did not know why they hated us that much. I though it was just for the throne which I had always advised my brother to let go but he wouldnt. He will always tell me that I do not understand. Until he almost gave-up the ghost. He told be that The Shell Petroleum Committee Nigeria in the course of Community development and benefits to King of the Oil producing community Deposited Into My late fathers account The sum of $46,000,000,00 ( Fourthy Six Million USD) In one of the Local Banks here In my country Nigeria. He also Gave me the Deposited Slip of the Fund in This Bank. He Told me that this is the main reason my stepmother wants him dead. I ran away with the Document he gave me and went into hiding with my only son whom is that only family I have got.
I need you help I need to start a new life. I want you to help me claim this fund and make arrangement for my son and I to start a new life in Your Country. If you will be willing to help me please do respond back to me God BlessUgonma
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