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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: "william ibru" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Jun 2006 14:49:00 +0000
Subject: HELLO

I am William ibru, personal attorney to Mr Patrick A, an expartriate who used to work with Nigeria Shell Oil Company (NSOC), here in Nigeria.On the 21st of October 2005, my client was killed in an auto mobile accident.Since then I have made Several enquiries to locate any of my
client's extended relatives.This has proved unsuccessful.hence I contacted you.I contacted you to assist me in repartriating the money

left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this deposit was lodged.The name of the bank is Trans international bank,where the deceased had an account valued at US$7,500,000.00(Seven Million, Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars).You and I can share the money; 55% to me and 40% to you, while 5% will be for expenses and inheritance tax, as your government may require.All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see the deal through.


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