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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 John Luma <>
Date: 1 Jul 2006 13:32:12 -0000
Subject: Comply

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Barrister John Luma Chambers,

Legal practitioner & public notary& high court


Suite 205 eleganza plaza,

Apapa lagos nigeria.

Dear: Sir/Madam,

I am Barrister John Luma Solicitor. I am the Personal Attorney to late Engr.Steve Moore a national of your country, who used to work with shell development company in Nigeria.On the 2nd of may 1999, my client,

his wife And their three children were involved in a car accident along Sagbama Express Road All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there 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 in repartrating the money that belong to my client before they get confisicated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged.Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at about $12 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 the relatives for over 6 years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you are from the same country and bear the same last name ,so that the proceeds of this account valued at $12 million dollars can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money. 55% to me and 40% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as your government may require, I have the ertificate of deposit that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this dealt 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 by my email to enable us discuss further.

1) Your full name..........

(2)Contact address...........

(3)Telephone/ fax number.........

(4)Your occupation.....................

Best Regards,

Esq:John Luma.

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