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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: "raphel jones" <>
Date: Tue, 08 Nov 2005 08:27:27 -0900

From The Desk Of; Barrister RAPHEL JONES.
Chambers {Solicitor Advocate}
26 Tanfield road, Croydon

Attn: Markham

My name is Barrister Raphel jones Esq., I am a solicitor at law. I am the
personal attorney to the Late Mr.Pitt Markham,(Chief Executive Officer) of
BIOOIL OIL SERVICING LTD, who tills his untimely death was a contractor with
Shell Oil Company here in the United Kingdom. Here In After Shall Be
Referred To As My Client.

On the 21st of April 2001, my client, his wife and their two children were
involved in a car accident. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost
their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to
locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name
over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.
I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and properties left
behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by
the Bank where this huge deposit of money were lodged.

Particularly, THE NATWEST BANK PLC, where the deceased had a deposit valued
at about US$7.5 Million has issued me a notice to provide the next-of-kin or
have the account confiscated within 6 weeks. Since I have been unsuccessful
in locating the relatives for over 2 years now, I seek your consent to
present you as the next of kin of the deceased since have the same last
name, so that the proceeds of this account valued at US$7.5 Million can be
paid to you and then you and I can share the money. 50% to me and 45% to you
then 5% for expenses. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used
to backup any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me
immediately as I do not have much time in my disposal. Contact me with this
alternative email

Please in your response include your Full names, Residential address and
telephone/fax numbers for easy communication between us and to also put all
relivant documentaytion in your favour.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated co-operation.

Best Regards,

Barrister Raphel Jones Esq.


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