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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: Dansoman Matthew <>
Date: Mon, 19 Sep 2005 14:42:39 +0100 (BST)

Mr. Dansoman Matthew
Branch Manager
Delta State Branch
Commercial Bank Of Nigeria.
Attn: Managing Director,
Dear Sir,
I am Mr. Dansoman Matthew, currently the District
Manager, Commercial Bank of Nigeria, I am on the verge
of being retired after 30 years of meticulous service
to the Bank. I plan to set up a private corporation
dealing in real estate, textiles and commodities. I
will need your assistance and corporation in executing
a transaction in my bank before I retire.
There is a dormant account in my Bank with a value of
$1,790,000 USD. This account has been dormant for the
past 5 years owing to the fact the owner Mr. Maxwell
Dickson Clapperton died in a car accident without a
will and apparent next of kin.
All efforts by the bank management to locate the
relatives or next of kin of the deceased Mr.
Clapperton have proven abortive. Investigations so far
carried out have shown that Mr. Clapperton had no wife
and children.
It is on this strength that I want your indulgence in
acting or presenting your self as next of Kin to Mr.
Clapperton so that the fund could be transferred to
your country for investment.
I will provide all the information, documents and
original certificates to a lawyer who will swear
affidavits on your behalf and also secure judgment at
the probate administration in your favor.
There will be absolutely no liability on your side.
You can provide a bank account any where in the world
where the money could be lodged.
I have resolved to give you 40% of the fund for your
Looking forward to hearing from you soon.
Thank you and highest regards
Mr. Dansoman Matthew
Branch Manager
Commercial Bank Of Nigeria,
Delta State Branch,
Nigeria, West Africa

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