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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: "Barr.Afolabi Olatunde" <>
Date: Wed, 27 Jul 2005 13:53:09 +0100

Hello Dear,

I am Barrister Afolabi Olatunde, of OLATUNDE CHAMBERS. This mail is
written and intended to solicit your assistance to be presented as NEXT
OF KIN to my Late Client. My Deceased Client Willie Jackson Sr., 61 years,
of Scotch Plains, N.J., and Orlando, Florida USA made a fixed Deposit of
Fund valued at USD15M (Fifteen Million United
States Dollars Only) with a Security Firm in London, and nfortunately
lost his life aboard Egypt Air Flight 990, which crashed into the Atlantic
Ocean on October 31, 1999 (View: ttp://
and left no clear beneficiary as Next of Kin except some vital documents
related to the Deposit still with me.

The Governing Body of the BANK has contacted me on this matter and I am yet
to provide the Next of Kin to lay claims to the Fund. Under a clear and legitimate
agreement with you, I shall seek your consent to be presented as the next
of Kin so that my late Clients Fund will not be confiscated by the Government.

For the sake of transparency on this matter, you are free to make
immediate contact with me through my e-mail: []
for further information related
to this matter.

Thank you very much for your anticipated acceptance while we expect
your prompt response.

Yours faithfully,

Barr. Afolabi Olatunde


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