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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Fri, 26 May 2006 14:41:36 +0100 (BST)

Anthony Solicitors & Advocates of the Supreme Court Of Togo
No 16 Boulevard du la Ajidogome Lome Togo


I am Barr. ANTHONY KUWANUKA, a legal practitioner, I am the personal attorney to M.S. Anslinger, an oil consultant, who used to work with Shell Development Company in Lome Togo.

On the 7th of June 2004, my client and his family were involved in a car accident along Bagida express road here in Lome,Togo.All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several inquiries to the embassy here to locate any of my clients relatives, this has proved unsuccessful.After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet, to locate any of his remote relatives hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund valued at US$10.5 million left behind by my client before it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Finance Firm where this huge amount was deposited.

The said Finance Company has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have his account confiscated within the next twenty-one working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last name, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer.I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for the claim.

All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangements that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Best Regards

Principal Attorney,
Lome Togo

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