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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:

Date: Tue, 2 Nov 2004 17:05:24 -0800
Subject: From Wilson

Dear Sir/Ma'am,

May the love and peace of God be with you and your family. I am Barrister
Wilson Madu, a solicitor at law. I am the Personal Attorney to Engr. Peter
Torres, a Nationale of Chile, who has lived in my country for the past twenty
years, and who hereinafter shall be referred to as my client.

In May 4, 2002, an Air Crash involving an Executive Airline Service (EAS)
BAC-1-11 Aircraft in Gwammaja Quarters, a densely populated area in Kano
State claiming the lives of about 102 persons on board and innocent persons
around the Gwammaja Quarters. My client and his family happened to be among
the crashed victims.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating most especially, the money
left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable
by the bank (Name withheld) where this huge deposits were lodged.where the
deceased had an account valued at about USD$10,150,000.00 (Ten million,
one hundred and fifty thousand United States Dollars only) has issued me
a notice
to provide the Next of kin, or have the account confiscated.The request
of a foreigner as next of kin in this business is occasioned by the fact
that the customer was a foreigner.

I therefore seek your consent to present you as the Next of kin of the deceased
so that the proceeds of this account valued at 10.150 million dollars can
be paid to you, as my client's Next of Kin, so that you and me can share
the amount on a mutual agreed percentage. All legal documents to back up
your claim, as the deceased Next of Kin will be provided. All I require
is 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. Note that it does not necessarily matter,
whether you are biologically related to the deceased or not.

As you can bear with me, a next of kin as one, may be a Parent, Sister,
rother, Close Relative, Associate, Friend or even a Well-wisher. So, whether
you are related to him or not is never a barrier to your kinship in the

I await your most urgent response, preferably via email, so as to enable
us discuss further about this transaction and your entitlement on the transaction.

Best regards,

Wilson Madu Esq.

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