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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: "Timothy Odaro" <>
Date: Fri, 19 May 2006 14:42:50 +0000


Attn: Dear Friend


First, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction; this is by virtue
of its nature as being CONFIDENTIAL and TOP SECRET. Though I know that a
transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive but I am
assuring that all will be well at the end of the day.
We have decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction, as we
are betting on your honesty and ability in a transaction of this nature. Let
me first start by introducing myself properly to you.

I am Mr. Timothy Odaro, an executive director with a prominent bank here in
Lagos Nigeria. I came to know of you in my private search for a reliable and
reputable person to handle this confidential transaction, which involves the
transfer of a huge sum of money to a foreign account.
THE PROPOSITION: a foreigner, an Oil Contractor with the federal government
of Nigeria, until his death a year ago in a ghastly air crash, banked with
us here at the bank and had a closing balance as at the end of september,
2000 worth USD25.5m (Twenty - Five Million, Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollar) which the bank now expects a next of kin to claim as

Valiant efforts have been made to get in touch with his family or relatives
but there has been no success. it is because of the perceived possibility of
not being able to locate any of his next-of-kin (he had no wife nor children
that is known to the bank) that the management under the influence of our
Managing Director Chairman, Board of Directors, requested that arrangement
be made for the funds to be declared "UNCLAIMABLE" and subsequently donated
to the trust fund for arms ammunitions to further enhance the course of war
in Africa and the world in general.

In order to prevent this, some of my trusted colleagues and I now seek your
permission to have you stand as a next-of-kin to him so that the fund USD
25.5m would be released and paid into your account as the beneficiary's
next-of-kin. All documents to enable you get this fund will be carefully
worked out. This proposal is 100% risk-free.
We have agreed that the fund be shared thus, after it must have been
transferred into your account.

1)15% of the money will go to you for acting as the beneficiary of the fund.

2)10% will be set aside for reimbursement to both parties for any incidental
expenses that may be incurred in the course of the fund transfer.

3)75% to us the originators of the transaction.

If this proposal is acceptable to you, then take advantage of the trust we
have bestowed on you and your company and kindly get to me immediately.
Please, furnish me with your most confidential telephone, fax and mobile
numbers. More so, I will need to know your religion, age, occupation and
marital status.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated co-operation.

Yours faithfully,

Timothy Odaro

PS: You may write to as alternative address. Please
keep this absolutely secret!

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