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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: "samuel ijele" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 01:21:58 +0000
Subject: Hello From The Desk of Barr.Samuel Ijele'''

From Barr.Samuel Ijele
Attn: Sir/Madam.

I am Barrister.Samuel Ijele(SAN), a Solicitor. I am the Personal Attorney
mrs. Ann Parker, a national of your country,. I have an urgent and very
confidential business proposition for you.On December 8, 1999, an American
Oil consultant/contractor with the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation,
Mrs. Ann Parker. made a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar
months, valued at US$14.6,000,000.00(Fourteen Million, Six Hundred thousand
Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine notification to her
forwarding address but got no reply.
After a month, I sent a reminder and finally i discovered from her contract
employers, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation that Mrs. Ann Parker.
died from a ghastly automobile accident.
On further investigation, I found out that she died without making a WILL,
and all attempts to trace her next of kin was fruitless.I therefore made
further investigation and discovered that Mrs. Ann Parker. did not declare
any next of kin or relations in all her official documents, including her
Bank Deposit paperwork in her Bank. This sum of US$14.6,000,000.00 is still
sitting in her 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 Nigerian Law, at the expiration of 7(seven) years, the money
will revert to the ownership of the Nigerian Government if nobody applies to
claim this fund.
Consequently, my proposal is that I will like you as a foreigner to stand in
as the next of kin to Mrs. Ann Parker. so that the fruits of this woman's
labuor 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 i will prepare the necessary documents and affidavits which
will put you in place as the next of kin.
I will drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the necessary
documents and letter of probate/ administration in your favour for the
transfer. I would need you as a Foreigner acting as the next of kin and sole
benefactor to the inheritance of Mrs. Ann Parker. to travel and claim this
money in a SECURITY COMPANY based in Europe which is used by her bank as an
offshore payment center to the bank. The money will be paid to you for us to
share in the ratio of 60% for me and 30% for you then 10% for any expensee
that may come up. There is no risk at all as all the paperwork for this
transaction will be done by me with my position as Attorney guarantees the
successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please
reply immediately. Upon your response, I shall then provide you with more
details and relevant documents that will help you understand the
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
Thanks and regards.
Barr. Samuel Ijele


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