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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: "jerry maduise" <>
Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2005 13:58:43 -0600

ATTN: dear,
I am Barrister JERRY MADUISE a solicitor at
law.The personal attorney to a late BROWN ANDRADE
,foriegn expatriate who hails from your country.
I wish to bring to your hearing a business proposition,
which is by nature strictly confidential, and i
beg your pardon to accept my unsolicited email to
you, I will like to seek your help in which I know
that a deal of this magnitude will make anyone
worried and apprehensive but I am assuring you not
to be afraid, as all will be well at the end of
this endeavor.
This is a genuine transaction and is 100% risk
free. All I'm demanding from you is your honest
co-operation to enable us achieve our goal, and
not a perfidious person. On the 4th of May, 2001
it was reported to us that my Client, his wife and
their only daughter were involved in a car accident along Sagbama Express
Road. 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 nsuccessful. After
these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to
track his last name over the Internet, to locate
any member of his familybut to no avail. Hence I decided to contacted you. I
contacted you to assist in claiming this fund
from the finance house where he deposited it
before his untimely death.
The finance company where the deceased had an
account valued at about USD$10.8. million dollars
has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin
or have the account confisicated within the
next ten official working days.Since I have been
unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 2
years now I seek your consent to present you as
the next of kin of the deceased ,
so that the proceeds of this
account valued at USD$10.8. million dollars can be
paid to you as the next of kin.
All I need is your full maximum suport and
cooperation to enable us achieve this transaction
within 10 working days and I guarantee that this
will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law.
If you are interested in this transaction, kindly
furnish me with your
1.full name,
7.telephone and fax numbers
To enable us commence all the legal documents immediately.

Best regards,
Barrister Jerry Maduise


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