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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: mark john <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 02:46:18 -0800 (PST)
Subject: ATTENTION....Krant

From Barrister Mark Anderson Lome Togo
West Africa.


I am quite convinced of the fact that this will come to you as a surprise, however I am writing you based on the privilege information i gathered about you in internet during my extensive search, for urgent and confidential transaction which we will both benefit from, though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and look worried.

I am Barrister Mark Anderson , a solicitor at law, personal attorney to Mr. Morgan Krant , a nationality Of your country,who worked with Togo Shell Development Company in Republic of Togo, Here in after shall be referred to as my client On December 26 2004, my client and his wife and their only daughter unfortunately lost there lives in the earthquake tsunami-ravaged SriLanka, and since then I have made several enquiry’s to your embassy here to locate any of my client extended relatives, this has also been proved unsuccessful to my effort to locate my late client relative.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name to locate any of his relatives hence I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund valued at US$10.5 million left behind by my client before it gets confiscated or declared unserviceable by Karem Security Company in Lome/Togo my residing nationality country by birth where this huge amount was deposited in a trunk box under the coverage of family valuables, The said Security Company has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have this box confiscated within the next twenty one official working days as they don't know the content of the box.

Since I have been unsuccessfully in locating the relatives of my late client, I seek your attention to present you as the next of kin deceased of my late client, so that the proceedings of this box can be transfer to you, Therefore on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfers as I have every necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim.
You are related with my late client or not, all i need is your urgent respond so that we can both achieve this aim together undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed on you before contacting you, your last bearing name related to my late is the most important and legal information we need mostly to present to the Security Company, apart from the legal documents of my late client with me.

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, i don't want third party with us, this should be secret between me and you, if we are fast, we will not spend less than 14 working official days.

Please get in touch with me through this email.
Thanks and God bless
Barrister.Mark Anderson .ESQ

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