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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: "Ibrahim Salim" <>
Date: Thu, 10 Nov 2005 17:16:55 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend.


Dear Friend ,

I apologize if the contents hereunder are contrary to your moral ethics. But
please treat with absolute secrecy and personal.I am Barrister Ibrahim Salim
a solicitor at law. And the personal attorney to Mr.Roberts Williams,a
native of your country, who until his death was a staff of Shell Petroleum
Development Company in Nigeria .Herein after shall be referred to as my
client. On the 31st of October 1999, my client, his wife and their only
child Died in a motor accident along Abuja Express road ,all occupants in
their Luxrious bus unfortunately lost their lives in the event of the

Since then I have made several enquiries to your Embassy to locate any of my
client's extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful. After these
several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the
Internet to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I
contacted you to assist in repartrating the money left behind by my Late
client in a Finance Firm here in Nigeria.

Particularly, the Finance Firm where the deceased deposited the US$14Million
(Fourteen Million United States Dollars Only) wants to share this money if
not claimed in the next few days,they has issued me a notice to provide the
Next-of-Kin to claim the funds in their custody within the next ten official
working days.

In accordance with the escheat laws of Nigeria, the Board Of Directors of
the Bank met a forth night ago and resolved to turn the estate of the my
late client over to the Government having waited for too long without the
deceased relatives/next of kin surfacing and if this is done,invariably the
funds will end up to become Government property and it is as a result of
this that I am moved to contact you considering the fact that you have same
LAST NAME with the deceased. In view of this, I am seeking for your
co-operation and understanding to stand as the deceased next of kin to
enable us claim the inheritance before the time period given by the Bank

If you are interested and in agreement with me, please write back
immediately through the alternative email address provided below. Be rest
assured that it is a risk free project and the proceedings will be shared
50% to me, 45% to you and 5% for the expences it would acquire. I have all
necessary legal documents that can back up any claim we may need from the
Finance Firm. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see
that this funds are repatriated into your account either in the United
States or elsewhere.Further more,Kindly furnish me with the following
As soon as i receive your details, I will write an application to the
Bank for immediate payment.
I wait for your prompt response.
Ibrahim Salim Esq.


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