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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: =?iso-8859-1?q?jolly=20azuka?= <>
Date: Tue, 23 May 2006 01:46:40 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: URGENT

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:





FROM THE DESK OF: Mr Jolly Azuka.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing in respect of my late client an America, who died with his wife and two children in an auto crash in Kara district of my country on 31 October 2004 .He was the CEO of M.C.C Constructions Ltd.

He was my client and I have been directed by his bank to search for his next of kin to claim fund belonging to the deceased which has been dormant without any claim either from his family or relatives.This is because the bank could not locate any of his relatives.

Please if you would like to work with me in confidence to have this fund transferred to your account as the next of kin of my deceased

client,indicate your interest, to me as his personal lawyer I can not have this fund transferred into my account for security reasons.

This chamber desire absolute confidentiality and professionalism in the handling of this information as all documents will be forwarded to you for this claim. pls for any further information do contact me true these email address:

Yours Sincerely,

Mr Jolly Azuka.

- jolly azuka

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