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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, 7 Dec 2004 01:49:26 +0100
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Special=20attention=20friend?=


Dear Friend,

I am Barrister Funmi Folorunso (SAN) Barrister and solicitor at law. I am
the personal attorney to Mr.John luga,a national of your country who used
to work with Shell Petroleum Development Company (SPDC) here in Nigeria,here
in shall refered as my client.On 21st of April 2000, my client,his wife
and their three children were involved in a ghastly auto accident along
Sagbama Espress Road,and unfortunately, all occupants of the vehicle lost
their lifes.

Since then i have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of
my client's extended relatives,this has also proved unsucessful, after these
several unseccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the
internet to locate any member of his family or any close name to him, hence
i contacted you. I am contacting you to assist in repatrating the money
and properties the left behind my client before the get confisicated or
decleared unserviceable by the finance company where this huge deposits
were lodged,particularly the Capital Trust Finance Company where the deceased
had his account that valued at about US$15.3 Million.

The bank has issued me a notice or have the account get confiscated within
the next 29 official working days.
Since i have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 9 months
I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so
that the proceeds of this account valued at about US$15.3Million can be
wire transfer into your beneficary account.

Note that i have all the necessary legal documents that can be use to back
up any claim we amy make.All I require is your honest co-operation to enable
us see this deal through.I guarantee that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement which will protect you from any breach of law.Note,
your acceptance mail shall be send to my alternative e-mail address of

Best regards,

Barrister. Funmi Folorunso (SAN).

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