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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, 5 Jun 2005 12:54:27 -0700
Subject: =?iso-8859-1?Q?Greetings=20from=20Cole?=

Dear Sir/Madam,

Greetings as I contact you with all respect since you do not know me. I
got your contact from a trusted source so I believe you are capable to execute
a business deal which would be beneficial to both of us. Though this may
not fall within your spectrum of business but it promises very worthwhile
compensation so long as we work together for success. Hence it has to be
kept confidential for the purpose thereof.

My name is Barrister Adebayo Cole, a Lawyer formerly based in Nigeria, but
currently moved to London, England. I wish to seek your consent to present
you as next of kin to my late client who was a foreigner. The fact that
he was a foreigner makes it a lot easier to do this business with you. Will
you assist in claiming this fund as next of kin?

Thomas died early last year leaving behind a large sum
of money amounting to $2.5million USD.and up till date no one
has come up as next of kin. Not even by enquiries. With your
assistance and my proffessional advise we can get the original claim documents
and channel the money into private profitable investment after sharing.

The process should not take more than 14 working days from the date we commence
and take note that there is no legal implication because all the necessary
covering documents to show fund origin and claim rights shall be acquired
on your behalf by my office.

I look forward to your response and would like you to contact me at your
earliest convenience for further discussion about the sharing ratio and
your percentage. If possible, send along your telephone number so I can
call to give you further information. you can email me here or through: . My present telephone number is: +44 704 0105354
feel free to call me or fax me: +44 870 136 7881

Adebayo Cole

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