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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: willfred bello <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 11 Nov 2007 20:32:08 +0000
Subject: Reply Asap.

FROM BARRISTER WILLFRED & ASSOCIATESLion Building,Suite 52, Saka Tinubu,Lagos Nigeria.

Dear Friend, I am Barrister :Willfred Bello Solicitor.The Personal Attorney to Eng.Thomas,a national of your country who used to work with Agip development company here in Nigeria.On the 6th of August 2005,my client, his wife and their two children were involved in a car accident along Sagamu Express Road.All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives. Since then I have made several inquiries to my late client's embassy to locate any of his blood extended relatives,but this proves unsuccessful, After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail,hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the money and property left behind by my client prior to his death before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged.Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about $14.5 million dollars has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next 14 official working days.since i have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2years and some months now,I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you are from the same country with my late client,so that the proceeds of this account valued at $14.5million dollars can be paid to you,thereafter you and I can share the money. 50% to me and 45% to you,while 5% should be set aside for reimbursement of any expenses that may inure during the process of the transaction or tax as your government may require, I will secure certificate of deposit and other relevant approvals documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.All I requires your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.
Please get in touch with me by my private email:willfredbello2007@myway.comto enable us discuss further. Best regards, Esq:Willfred Bello NB:Pls include to me your private telephone and fax number in your response

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