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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: Hammersley Koukou <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 21:50:52 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Urgent Attention ...Nico Blauw

Date:.. 26/07/2007

Attn; Nico Blauw,

With due regards.

I am Barrister Hammersley Koukou, a solicitor at law. I am the personal Attorney to Mr.J. C.Blauw, a native of your country,who used to work with zniox oil Company in Lome-Togo. Here in after shall be referred to as my client. My late client deposited as family belongings in a Consignment (ie jewelries} with the value of $8,500,000.00 at Security finance firm here in Lome-Togo with the hope of transferring it to his country as soon as he is on leave.

On the 21st of April 2004, my client, his wife and their three children were involved in a car accident. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to contact you giving the fact that you have the same last name with my late client. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposit were lodged. Particularly, security finance firm where the deceased had a (TRUST ACCOUNT) valued at about $8.5Million dollars has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next twenty one official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the the relatives for over 2years now I seek your consent to present you as the Next of Kin of the deceased to since you the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at 8.5Million dollars can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money 30% to I for all my efforts and 70% to you.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to backup any claim we may make. All I require is your honest co-operation 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 do acknowledge your acceptance by forwarding the following to me:

1) Your full name.......
2) Your private telephone and fax numbers ...........
3) Your Nationality ..............
4) Your Residence Address ............
5) Your Age ............

Call me on my direct line: +2289907098 so that we can discourse further.

Best regards,

Barrister Hammersley Koukou
Principal Partner

TELEPHONE: +2289907098 / 00228-990-70-98

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