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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: "mr odogu" <>
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 11:36:42 -0500
Subject: FROM: Barrister Gerry Odogu.(ESQ)

FROM: Barrister Gerry Odogu..(ESQ)
Barrister Gerry Odogu.. &
211 C,Close Attorney,s Ave,
Festac Town Lagos - Nigeria.
Dear Friend,
It is with
heartfelt hope that I write to seek your co-operation and assistance
the context stated below, I am Barrister Gerry Odogu.the personal
Attorney to the late MR. JEFFREY LANDERCASPER. I got your contact
through the
help of my sister-in-law that works with the American Chambers of
Commerce and Tourism, though I did not disclose to her my humble
intention for an honest foreigner like you, having noted the
reposed on your person by the sponsor of the recommendation. My late
client was the Chief Executive officer of {Shell Development Company}
for 15 years and he was retired on the 30th day of September 2002.
After a month, My client and his entire family died on their way to a
Conference in a Plane crash on the 30th day of October 2002. Before
death my client had a total sum of US$7,500,000.00 with a Finance
hoping of transferring the fund to his country {United States of
America} after his retirement as soon as he comes back from the
conference but the on timely never allowed him carry out his plans to
make the fund transfer. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the

relatives for over
4years now .I seek your consent to present you as
the next of kin of the deceased. I agree to pay you 40% of the fund as

the account owner, 60% for me . I have all necessary legal documents
that can be used to back up any claim we may make, If you are
interested please send the following information.
1)Your full names and
address for applying for claim and securing the necessary documents in

your names 2)Your Private telephone and fax numbers for easy
communication andtransmitting of documents,3) Your age/Occupation
I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction

through . I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.Please
in touch with me by my secured and confidential e-mail address at :
( to enable us discuss further.
Thanks and God bless
Barrister Gerry Odogu.

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