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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: "" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 14:24:15 +0100 (MET)
Subject: Next Of Kin!!

Confidential Fax:++44 707 502 4324 9th Nov. 2007

Dear Friend, =20

My name is Mr. Dickson Dada. I work as a senior investment consultant for a=
bank here in United Kingdom. I also work as part of the regional team that=
covers the entire Central European region. I had taken pains to find your =
contact through personal endeavours.
Approximately five years ago, an investor (Mr. Richard Gates =E2=80=93 Dece=
ased nine months ago) invested a total of US$14.777M (Fourteen Million, Sev=
en Hundred & Seventy-Seven Thousand United State Dollars) with my departmen=
t. With interest at today=E2=80=99s value, the said invested fund is now wo=
rth US$21.7M (Twenty-One Million, Seven Hundred Thousand United State Dolla=

Late Richard Gates=E2=80=99 Attorney/Lawyer notified my department of the s=
udden death (Car Accident) of Mr. Richard Gates. He (the attorney) also exp=
resses concern that Richard had died without a WILL and he has no details o=
f any surviving relatives. The lawyer has now requested my department to ch=
eck our records to clarify who Late Richard Gates may have named as his nex=
t of Kin on the investment application. Fortunately, or rather unfortunatel=
y, the person named as next of kin, was his girl friend who also died in th=
e car accident. I have not yet notified the lawyer that the next of Kin was=
the girl friend. I virtually have another fourteen working days to do so.

Should I notify the lawyer of my findings, automatically, the invested fund=
s will be confiscated by the U.K. Government? This I do not mind, my concer=
ns and worries is that the funds once released from our bank, it will be di=
verted else where by senior U.K. government functionaries for their persona=
l gains. On the basis of my worries, my immediate boss and I decided to act=
fast by contacting and inviting you to work with us posing as a relative o=
f the deceased. With our insider=E2=80=99s privileged information, the fund=
s can be paid to you as the only surviving relative. We have all the inform=
ation and guidance to enable you and us realize this opportunity. We have e=
valuated the risk analysis and we are convinced that there is no risk eleme=
nt, as long as we both maintain strict confidentiality.

As you should understand, I am taking a great risk contacting you and makin=
g this proposal. Therefore, you should understand why I must say no more ab=
out this transaction until I receive a call, email or fax from you confirmi=
ng receipt of this letter.

Once secured communication has been established between you and us, detaile=
d clarifications will be dealt with, such as what each party stand to benef=
it and time scale and procedures. Time is not in our favour. Please establi=
sh secured communication with me through any of the above means.=20

Yours truly
Mr. Dickson Dada.




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