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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: "John Falana" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 7 Dec 2004 03:35:46 -0800
Subject: Transaction Partner.


I am Barrister John Falana (SAN), a Solicitor at law and a personal attorney to Mr. Fedinard K. Donoghue here in after shall be referred to as my client. My client worked as an independent contractor with the Shell Development Company here in Niger Delta.

On the 21st of April 2000 my client, his wife and their only daughter were involved in a car accident along Warri express Road and all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating inheritance valued at Twenty Eight Million United States Dollars only ($US28, 000,000.00) left behind by my client with the NEWCOURT FINANCE INTERNATIONAL S.A in Spain before it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Holding Company where this Consignment was deposited. The Director of the Company contacted me on Tuesday 15-08-2004 and asked that I as the attorney to Mr. F.Donoghue (Late) should present either his cousins or his next of kin so that they will release the consignment left in their custody by him to them. Ever since then, I have made several attempts to locate any of his cousins or next of kin so that they will come forward to put in claims to the said consignment but unfortunately, I discovered that in all his files with my chambers, he never mentioned having any relatives nor cousin's. After several attempts to trace any of his relative, I decided to track your id in !
the Internet in search of a Partner to perfect the transaction.

One fact remains clear that anybody I present to the security and holding company as his next of kin, shall inherit the money and it is based on this fact that I ask you to get back to me immediately so that we both will discuss on terms of partnership in this issue so that I will forward your information to the security & holding company as his legitimate next of kin backed up with a sworn affidavit of oath from the high court
of Nigeria. Be advised that this transaction is 100% risk-free, as this transaction will remain sealed for life at the conclusion, which will not take more than two weeks to conclude.

I await your immediate response so that I will give you a more comprehensive detail as regards to this transaction; please reply to my alternative email address

Barrister John Falana (SAN)
Principal Attorney
Lagos Nigeria.

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