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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: "igwe oforka" <>
Date: Fri, 11 Nov 2005 03:57:39 +0000
Subject: urgent reply

My name is IGWE OFORKA I am the Manager, Credit and Accounts Department, of
Access Securities and Finacial Comapany, Lagos, Nigeria, with head office in
I write you in respect of a foreign customer with A/C Number
14-225-2004/UTB/T. Who, among others on board, had a plane crash in USA in
1999. All on board died in the plane crash. Sir, since the demise of this
our customer, Mr Levy Shimona, a Lebanese import and export tycoon here in
Lagos, Nigeria, I have kept a close monitor of his deposit records and
accounts. Since then nobody has come to claim the money as his next of kin.
Mr Levy Shimona has US$12.4 million in a coded account. It is only an
insider that can produce the password of the deposit particulars.

As it stands now, there is nobody in a position to provide the required
information other than myself considering my position with the security
company.Based on the reason that nobody has come for the claims of the
deposit as next of kin, I seek for your co-operation to use your name and
particulars as the next of kin to the deceased and the beneficiary of the
fund. This will enable us to send the money to an offshore account that will
be provided by you for sharing, as I am the only person who has the code to
the deposit and have already removed the file from thecompany safe.

What is required of you is to send an application seeking claims of the
deposit as the next of kin to Levy Shimona. I will send you the specimen
copy of the required application as soon as you show your willingness to
assist me. Note that the banking rule here does not allow unclaimed deposits
to stay for a period of more than two years, otherwise it is recalled to the
Government Treasury since it is an expatriate's account.
In view of the above, I implore you to join me to lay claim to this deposit
as the next of kin to Mr Levy Shimona. There is no risk involved in the
business as you will be given all vital information about the deposit

It is good for you to note that all modalities have been put in place for a
hitch-free operation. Sharing will be made in the ratio of 60% for me and
40% for you. You can please contact me on phone number [withheld].
Awaiting you urgent response.


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