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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: landis curt <>
Date: Tue, 19 Sep 2006 12:46:18 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: YOUR RELATIVE . G Chris

TEL. 00228 9944 190

Dear Bosschert Chris ,

I am Barrister LANDIS CURT , a solicitor at law, personal attorney to Mr. G . Chris , a nation of your country,who used to work as a contractor in Lome Togo.Here in after shall be referred to as my client. On the 10th of March 2003, my client, and their only daughter were involved in a car accident along Akoli express Road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives.

Since then I have made several enquiries here to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to searchthrough with his name which motivated me to contact you, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund valued at US$ 8.5 million left behind by my client before it gets confisicated or declared unserviceable by the Citizen Bank of Lome-Togo(bank) where this huge amount were deposited.

The said Citizen Bank of Lome-Togo has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have his account confisicated within the next twenty one official working days.

Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the relatives for over 2 years now, I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased since you have the same last names, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you.

Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer.I haveall necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim. All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

You can Call me on ( 00228 9944 190 ) for more oral clarification dont forget to send your direct telephone number in your reply so that i can also reach you.

Best Regards


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