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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:

From: =?iso-8859-1?q?Adebowale=20Roland?= <>
Date: Sat, 27 May 2006 20:47:00 -0700 (PDT)

Meu novo endereço de e-mailAgora você pode me contactar através do e-mail:



85, Kingsway Road

Ikoyi west



Good day,

I am Adebowale Roland the branch Manager Kingsway branch United bank fir Africa I am contacting you because of a business concerning a huge sum of money from a deceased deposit in the United Bank for Africa where I work here in Nigeria. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that all will be well at the end of the day. I actually decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction.


I discovered an abandoned deposit in my bank branch owned by one of our foreign customers name withheld who died along with his entire family as a result of an automobile crash along Sagamu express way. He actually deposited this funds amounting to US$15,000,000.00 (Fifteen million United States dollars), for safe keeping in our bank. The bank file records shows that the funds was actually for a project our late costumer wanted to start in the near future (a multi million Dollar steel plant in Florida, USA), before his sudden and untimely death.

As such since his death none of his relations or next-of-kin has come forward to lay claims for this property as the heir, this is the basically the reason why I have contacted you. Knowing that the bank cannot release the fund unless someone applied for the claim as the next-of-kin to the deceased as indicated in our operating guidelines of Nigeria banking laws.

Upon this discovery, I now solicit your partnership to have you front as a next of kin to the deceased. I shall ensure as all documentations prove of you as the next of kin will be carefully worked out by me for the funds to be released in your favor as the

Beneficiary’s next of kin. Please acknowledge receipt of this message in acceptance of our mutual business Endeavour by furnishing me with the following;

1. Beneficiary full name and address

2. Direct Telephone and fax numbers

3. Occupation and position

4. Nationality and Date of birth

5. Marital status

6. Gender/sex

These requirements will enable provide you with more details claim to the appropriate departments for necessary for release in your favor before you can personally appear for the claim. I shall be compensating you with 30% of the total money while 10% will be for any expenses incurred the rest will be mine on final conclusion of this project. Please note that your share stays while the rest shall before me for investment purposes.

If this proposal is acceptable by you, do not take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed in you, I await your urgent mail. Please reply to my private and confidential email:

- Adebowale Roland

- Adebowale Roland

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