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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: james mack <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 11:27:29 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Urgent Business Propasal


Dear Sir,

I am a Barrister and a member of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA). Your contact reached me through the World Business Encyclopaedia and my insistence on you. Hence, I made up my mind to introduce this business to you in confidence for the mutual benefit of both of us. The sum of USD75M (Seventy Five Million United States Dollars) was lodged into one of the leading private Banks here in the Country by the late Head of State (GEN.SANI ABACHA) this money was lodged in a DEFACED FORM and in vaults / boxes.

The money was originally meant to be used for his political campaign. Because I was his family Attorney as such he confided in me with the relevant document papers relating to this Bank died of cardiac arrest.

As a matter of fact, I have adequately agreed with some of the key officers of the private Bank to negotiate with you a trustworthy person to provide an account where this money could be transferred to your country through your Bank account, because we cannot claim the money here in Nigeria. We have concluded all arrangement with an offshore Security Company to move this money through diplomatic means a country where it could be directly transferred to your nominated account to ensure absolute safety and risk-free transfer of the money. After a successful transfer, 30% will be for you for your assistance, 5% for general expenses, and 65% for us. You are required to send by e-mail immediately your Telephone and Fax numbers and Bank particulars where this money will be lodged and your personal contact address. Once you notify me your willingness by sending the above requirement. This transaction will be concluded within10 (ten) working days.

I will be waiting for your urgent reply.

Best regards,

Bar James Mack {san}

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