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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: Sun, 13 Mar 2005 08:58:19 -0800
Subject: NEXT OF KIN/

Barrister Jude Chris.
#23 Iganmu Iganmu


I am Barrister Jude Chris,a solicitor at law.

I am the personal Attorney to one late MR. James Verma, who has lived in
Nigeria for years, and whom Herein after shall be referred to as my client.
In April 2002, my Client, was involved in a fatal car accident, all occupants
of the vehicle Unfortunately lost their lives, my clientwas one of them.
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 where this huge deposit were lodged.

Particularly, the Bank of Africa Plc where the deceased Had an account
valued at about 10 million dollars, has issued me a notice to provide the
Next of kin, or have the account confiscated. I seek your consent to present
you as the Next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name
so that the proceeds of this account Valued at 10 million dollars can be
paid to you, as my clients Next of Kin, and then we can share the amount
on a mutually 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. Please get in touch with me, to enable us discuss
further about this transaction.
Reply through private Mailbox

Best Regards
Barrister Jude Chris,

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