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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: "Robert Wilson" <>
Date: Wed, 08 Nov 2006 06:47:34 +0000
Subject: Dear Friend.

Barr. Robert G. Wilson.
Lamine, Robert& masala
Solicitors & Advocates of
The Supreme Court Of Nigeria.
No 16 Boulevard Close Island
Lagos Nigeria.

Dear Friend.

I AM Barrister Robert G Wilson, a solicitor at law and a personal attorney
to Late Mr. Ferdinand K Here in after shall be referred to as my client. My
client worked as an independent contractor to the Shell Development Company
here in Lagos Nigeria. On the 21st of April 2000 my client, his wife and
their only daughter were involved in a car accident along Nouvissi express
Road and all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.

Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients
extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful have contacted you to
assist in repatriating fund valued at Twenty Five Million United States
Dollars only ($US25, 000,000.00) left behind by my client with the Eco
Finance and Security Trust Bank Lagos Nigeria, before it gets confiscated or
declared unserviceable by the Finance Firm where this amount was deposited.

The Director of the Eco Finance and Security Trust Bank contacted me on
Friday 15-08-2003 and asked that I as the attorney to Mr. Ferdinand (Late)
should present either his cousins or his next of kin so that they will
release and transfer the fund left in their custody to them.Ever since then,
I have made several attempts to locate any of his cousins or next of kin so
that they will come forward to put in claims to the said fund but
unfortunately, I discovered that in all his files With my chambers, he never
motioned having neither relatives nor cousins.

After several attempts to trace any of his relative, I decided to track his
last name over the Internet in search of his cousins hence I contacted you.
One fact remains clear, that anybody I present to the bank as his next of
kin, shall inherit the fund and it is based on this fact that I ask you to
get back to me Immediately so that we both will discuss on terms of
partnership in this issue so that I will forward your name to the bank as
his legitimate next of kin. Be advised that this transaction is 100%
risk-free as
This transaction will remain sealed for life at the conclusion, which will
not take more than Three weeks.
I await your immediate response so that I will give you a more comprehensive
detail as regards to this transaction.

Barrister Robert G Wilson Esq.
Principal Attorney,
Lagos Nigeria.

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