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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "duncanrolls africadevelopment-bank" <>
Date: Mon, 01 Aug 2005 16:22:51 +0000


Dear Partner,

I am Mr Duncan Rolls,Provincial Director,AFRICA DEVELOPMENT BANK(ADB),Lagos.I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for you.

On June 6, 2000, an American Oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian Mining Corporation, Mr Kelvin Huger made a numbered time(Fixed)Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$20,000,000.00 (Twenty Million Dollars)in my branch.

Upon maturity,I sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.On further nvestigation,I found out that Late KELVIN HUGER died in an auto crash with his entire family.
He did not declare any kin or relation in his official documents including his Bank Deposit paperwork with my Bank.
This sum of US$20,000,000.00 is still sitting in my Bank and the interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year. No one will ever come forward to claim it.

According to Nigeria laws, at the expiration of 5(five)years,the money will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to claim the fund.
Consequently,my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Late KELVIN HUGER so that the fruits of this old man's labour will not get into the hands of some corrupt government officials.

This is simple,I will like you to provide immediately your full names and address so that the Attorney will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits which will put you in place as the next of kin.

We shall employ the service of an Attorney for drafting and notarization of the "WILL"and to obtain the necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favour for the transfer.
The money will be paid into your account for us to share in the ratio of 60% for me and 40% for you.There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this transaction will be done by the Attorney and my position in the bank as a Director guarantees the successful execution of this transaction.

If you are interested,please reply immediately via a return email.
Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help you understand the transaction.

Please observe utmost confidentiality,and rest assured that this transaction would be most profitable for both of us because I shall require your assistance to invest my share in your country.

Awaiting your urgent reply via a return email.

Thanks and regards.

Mr.Duncan Rolls

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