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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: "barrister hamza dabar" <>
Date: Thu, 02 Mar 2006 10:57:59 +0000
Subject: Pls..............Read

Hamza Dabar & ASSOCIATES,

Dear Sir/Ma,

I am Barrister Hamza Dabar ,the Personal Attorney to Mr Larry Kidd,A
foreigner who used to work with Mekon Associates company in Nigeria,On the
2nd of March 2000, my client, his wife And their three children were
involved in a car accident along Port Harcourt 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 unsuccessful.After these several
unsuccessful attempts,I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet,to
locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I contacted you.

I have contacted you to assist me in repartrating the money left behind by
my client before they get confisicated or declared unserviceable by the
finance house where this huge deposits were lodged.

Particularly, the African Banking Inco-operation(ABI) where the deceased had
an account valued at about 20 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 6years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of
kin to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at $20
million dollars can be paid to you and then you and I can share the
money.55% to me and 40% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as
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 transaction
through. 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 if you are willing to assist.

Best Regards.



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