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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: "jack hitrol" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Dec 2005 09:24:51 +0000


It is obvious that this proposal will come to you as a suprise.This is
because we have not met before but i am inspired to sending you this email
by the huge fund transfer opportunity that will be of mutual benefit to the
two of us. However,I am Jack Hitrol the personal Attorney to the late
Engr.Steve Moore a national of Isle of Man in UK, who used to work with
Shell Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) in Nigeria.On the 21st of April
1996,my client,his wife And their three children were involved in a car
accident along Sagamu/Lagos Express Road.Unfortunately
they all lost their lives in the event of the accident, Since then I have
made several enquiries to several Embassies to locate any of my clients
extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to tracehisrelatives
over the Internet to locate! any member of his family but of no avail,hence
I contacted you.I contacted you to assist in repartrating the money and
property left behind by my client,I can easily convince the bank with my
legal practice that you are the only surviving relation of my
client.Otherwise the Estate he left behind will be confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were
lodged.Particularly,the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at
about $27million U.S dollars(twenty seven million U.S.America
dollars).Conseqently,The bank issued me a notice to provide the next of kin
or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working
days.since i have been unsuccesfull in locating the the relatives for over
several 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 $27million U.Sdollars can be
paid to your account and then you and me can share the money.55%to me and 40
% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your
government may require.I have all necessary legal documents that can be used
to back up 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 alegitimate arrangement that will protect you from any
breach of the law.Please get in touch with me by my email to enable us
discuss further.please get back to me through this email address

Yours Faithfully,
Barrister Jack Hitrol

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