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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: "Frank kuti" <>
Date: Tue, 20 Sep 2005 13:59:58 +0000
Subject: Cometh International Bank of London

Dear sir/ma.

I am DR.JAMES ADAMS. Bank Manager of Cometh International Bank of London,
London Branch. I have urgent and very confidential business proposition for
you. On Nov 11, 2002, a FOREIGN Oil consultant/contractor with the UK
National Petroleum Corporation London, Mr. Barry Kelly made a numbered time
(Fixed) Deposit for twelve calendar months, valued at US$25,000,000.00
(Twenty- five Million Dollars) in my branch. Upon maturity, I sent a routine
notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.

After a month,we sent a reminder and finally we discovered from his contract
employers, the UK National Petroleum Corporation that Mr. Barry Kelly died
from an automobile accident. On further investigation, I found out that he
died without making a WILL, and all attempts to trace his next of kin was
fruitless. I therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr.
Barry Kelly did not declare any kin or relations in all his official
documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank. This sum of
US$25,000,000.00 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 London UK Law, at the expiration of 5
(five) years, the money will revert to the ownership of the UNITED KINDOM
Government if nobody applies to claim the fund. Consequently, my proposal is
that I will like you as an Foreigner to stand in as the next of kin to Mr.
Barry Kelly so that the fruits of this old man’s labor 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 two
Attorneys for drafting and notarization of the WILL and to obtain the
necessary documents and letter of probate/administration in your favor for
the transfer. A bank account in any part of the world, which you will
provide, will then facilitate the transfer of this money to you as the
beneficiary/next of kin. 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 as the Branch Manager guarantees the
successful execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please
reply immediately via the private email address below. 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

Awaiting your urgent reply via my email: bellow:
E-mail -

Best Regard


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