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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: "John uwere" <>
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 15:04:52 +0000
Subject: I Need Your Reply Groot

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Dear Groot,

I am Barrister John Uwere a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to
Late.Mr. Kenneth
Groot,who bears the same last name with you a national of your country, who
used to work with Dezengof-development Company in Nigeria.

Here in after shall be referred to as my client.On the 21st of April 2001,
my client, his wife and their three children were involved in a car accident
along sagamu express road. All occupants of the vehicle nfortunately 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
unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, to locate any
member of his family hence I contacted

I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the money and property left
behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by
the bank where this huge deposit were lodged. Particularly, the finance
company where the deceased had an account valued at about 11.5 million
dollars has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the
account confiscated.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 3years now
I seek your consent
to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same
last name, so that the
proceeds of this account valued at 11.5 million dollars can be paid to you
and then you and me can share the money. 60% to me and 40% to you 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

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 by my email and send to
me your telephone and fax numbers to enable us discuss further about this

Best regards,

John Uwere.
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