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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: william akintola <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 18:13:47 +0100
Subject: Treat As Urgent

>From The Desk Of Dr. Akin WilliamsAccountant, Standard Trust Bank Plc,Currently The United Bank For AfricaInternational Trade Fair Branch,Lagos Nigeria(Badagry Expressway)

MY Dear ,

I am an Accountant with STANDARD TRUST BANK, Currently the UNITED BANKFOR AFRICA(UBA),My name is Dr Akintola Williams, I am the personal Account Managerto Late Engr Robert. A contract was awarded to our clients By NNPCOFFICIALS TO Late Mr Robert who is a citizen of U.S.A who used to work with anOil Development company in Nigeria. NNPC (NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLUEMCOMPANY).
Here in after shall be referred to as my client On April 21, 2002,myclient, his wife, and their three children were involved in a car accidentalong Sagamu express way.
All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.Since then,I have made several enquiries to his embassy to locate any of my clientsextended Relatives, this also proved unsuccessful.
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his lastname over the Internet to locate any member of his family but all in vain.I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and propertyleft behind by my client before they Get confiscated or declaredunserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged, particularly theSTANDARD TRUST BANK PLC.
Where the deceased had an account Valued at about ($10.5 Million USdollars) has Issued me a notice to provide the next of kin. Or have the accountconfiscated within the next ten official working days.Since I have beenunsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now.
I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceasedsince i can confide in you so that the proceeds of this account valued at($10.5 million US dollars) can be paid to you and then you and me can sharethe money, 60% to me and 40% to you.
An attorney will be contacted to help revalidated and notarize all thenecessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we maymake. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this dealthrough. I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangementthat will protect you from any breach of the law.
Please get in touch with me by my email:( )Respectfully YoursDr. Akintola Williams
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