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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: martins_ngoga ngoga <>
Date: Sun, 2 Jul 2006 01:38:28 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: get back to me

Dear Friend.

Very good day to you in the Name of Our Lord.

Following my previous research, I am very happy to inform you that I have a good news for you as per regards to the current development of our Deceased customer Mr. Arthur who bears the name with you and a native of your Country who was esteemed and wealthy customer that died in the January 27th Bomb blast here in my country.

With due respect my name is Mr.Joshua Williams, Account Manager Standard Trust Bank. However our late customer became a very wealthy business tycoon after working formerly with the Texaco Oil for over 20 years till this date before his sudden death in the January 27th 2002 Bomb blast that rocked his residence at Steven Toba street, G.R.A Ikeja, here in my country, in view of this please kindly view the BBC web page below to know the reality of this urgent matter that I have contacted you for. On Sunday, 27th of January 2002,our client,his wife {Lady Anna and their Three children {Elizabeth, Paul and Victor} were involved in this terrible Bomb blast that took live of innocent souls and unfortunately over 1000, People lost their lives and my client and his family was part of this People that lost their lives. In view of this please view the web page below:

Frankly and authoritatively speaking I am very happy to let you understand that my client left over Five million nine hundred thousand {USD5.9 M} United States of America dollars here in the Standard Trust bank of Nigeria which is the main point to drive home that made me to contact you as I believe that we both can act like two matured adult in coming to the actualization of this transaction for the betterment of us since I will be using myposition as an insider in the bank in making sure that this Money is wired into your account once all the legal Documents which will be establishing you as the heir to the Money is procured by the Advocate.

Be rest assured that as you comply to my directives this transaction will be executed in a legitimate arrangement that will prevent you from any breach of law in your country and here as it would be backed with official documentation required by my Bank endorsed by the Supreme Court of Nigeria to legalize the claim of this transaction since a well known Senior advocate that is very vast in this kind of transaction will be employed for the day to day running of the transaction.

I have made all attempts to locate any of my clients relative but all attempts have proved unsuccessful thats why I am counting on you to give me a good courage and faith that we can work as two partners in progress in coming to the realization of this transaction forthe betterment of us.

Finally, all I need from you is your honest cooperation as this transaction is not related to Imagination or Internet Scam but pure and for real. I crave your indulgence to present you as the surviving next of kin to the deceased so that we can reap from the fruit of this old man labor before some group of bad and corrupt leaders in my country get rid of this money and share it for their own selfish interest instead of the both of us sharing it for the betterment of family and us.

I am awaiting your expedient response with some good news!!!!! That you
Are ready to work hand in hand with me.

Thanks and God bless you,

Truly yours,
Godwin Williams.

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