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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: "ganilawoffice1" <>
Date: Sat, 1 Jul 2006 15:49:50 -0600
Subject: Am requesting your Consent

Ref: xep/6734/hpr Date: 1-July-06
Very Urgent Attention,
Permit me to briefly introduce my humble self. I´m a Senior Advocate and Solicitor of the supreme court, although we’ve not seen before I strongly believe this transaction will bring us together.
To gat a clear picture of what am about to say, view these webpages below
Late Mr. Anthonio Ghaderi, my client, a citizen of your country based here in Lagos alongside his wife and two children were among the casualties in the explosion. He was until then an Engineer with Shell Oil Development PLC. In view of this the Board of Directors and Management of STB PLC now UBA has instructed me as the executor of late Mr. Ghaderi's will to come up with a beneficiary to his funds deposited with their Bank. His Son is his next of kin, but it is quite unfortunate that he was among the casualties.
Since August 2003, I have been looking for his relations/relatives to inherit the funds. I contacted the Embassy concerning this issue but they said He and his wife are immigrants and have no known relatives. Yesterday after the Bank informed me I have 14 more days to present the next beneficiary to the funds. I came to the idea to search for someone from his country and present to the Bank as his extended relative. I seek your consent to do so and you will inherit the proceeds of his account valued at USD 2.5M then we will share it. 40% for me and 40% for you and 20% for the Bank Manager's co-operation
If willing to recieve the 2.5 Million US$ as the next of kin to my late Client, I will meet with the bank's Board of Directors to formally apply for the release of the funds to you. Send me Your FULL NAME, ADDRESS, PHONE NUMBER, OCCUPATION, SEX & AGE to fill out the claims form at the Bank. I will come to take my share and invest it in your country with your assistance so honesty is highly demanded.I anticipate your co-operation.

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