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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: "alex ukwans" <>
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 08:35:43 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY


Dear Sir/Mad,

It is obvious that this proposal will come to you as a suprise. This is
because we have not met before but i am inspired to sending you this
email by the huge fund transfer opportunity that will be of mutual
benefit to the two of us.

However, I am Barrister Alex Ukwans,the personal Attorney to the late
Engr.Steve Moore a national of Isle of Man in UK, who used to work with
Shell Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) in Nigeria. On the 21st of
April 1996, my client,his wife And their three children were involved in
a car accident along Sagamu/Lagos Express Road.

Unfortunately they all lost their lives in the event of the
ccident,Since then I have made several enquiries to several Embassies to
any of my clients extended relatives,this has also proved
unsuccessful.After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to trace
relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but of no
hence I contacted you.
I contacted you to assist in repartrating the money and property left
behind by my client,I can easily convince the bank with my legal
practice that you are the only surviving relation of my lient.Otherwise the
Estate he left behind will be confiscated or declared unserviceable by
the bank where this huge deposits were lodged.

Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at
about $27million U.S dollars(twenty seven million U.S.America
dollars).Conseqently,The bank issued me a notice to provide the next of kin
or have
the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.
since i have been unsuccesfull in locating the the relatives for over
several years now.I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin
of the deceased,so that the proceeds of this account valued at
$27million U.S dollars can be paid to your account and then you and me can
share the money. 55%to me and 40% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or
tax as your government may require.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any
claim we may make. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us
see this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law.Please get in touch
with me by my email ( to enable us discuss

1,Your Name
2,House Address
3,Your Phone/Fax Number
4,Your Age and Gender
5,Your occupation

Yours Faithfully,
Barrister Alex Ukwans (Esq).

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