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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: "Mr. Ohalete Ejikeme" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Nov 2007 12:53:30 +0100


I am Mr. Ohalete Ejikeme , Bank Manager of Diamond Bank Plc, ATIKU ABUBAKAR BBA PLAZA, TRADE FAIR COMPLEX BADAGRY EXPRESSWAY, LAGOS . I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. I got your contact from the world trade center (W.T.C.) regional office in Lagos, Nigeria although the details of my intention were not made known to them.

In August 31st 2003, An American oil consultant / contractor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation, Mr. Richard Brokaw made a numbered time (Fixed) deposited for twelve calendar valued at US$25,500,000.00 (Twenty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars) in my branch.

Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply. After a month, we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contact employers Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that Mr.Richard Brokaw died from an Plane Crash accident.For more confirmation view this link : On further investigation, I found out that he did not leave a WILL and all attempts to trace his next of kin were fruitless.

I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr. Richard Brokaw did not declare any next of kin in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork. This sum of US$25,500,000.00 is still sitting in the Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will come forward to claim it.

According to the Nigerian Law, at the expiration of 5 (Five) Years, the money will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to claim the funds. Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr. Richard Brokaw so that the fruits of this old man's labor will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.This is simple request:

1. I will like you to provide me immediately with your full names and address so that the attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits, which will put you in place as the next of kin.

2. We shall employ the services of two attorneys for drafting and notarization of the WILL and obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate /administration in your favour for the transfer.

3. A bank account in any part of the world, which you provide, will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the beneficiary / next of kin to Mr. Richard Brokaw. The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio which i will disclose you in due course. However 10% from the total sum is mapped out is for expenses incurred in this transaction.

All the paperwork will be handled by the attorney and my position as the branch manager guarantees the successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please reply immediately via the private email address below.

Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand.

Please observe utmost confidentiality, and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country,


Thanks and regards,

Mr. Ohalete Ejikeme

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