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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: mike utaka <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 12:55:16 +0100

MIKE UTAKA & CO.( Egobia Chambers )Barrister,Solicitors&Corporate Consultants.Tel: +234-8084879970From: Barrister Mike Utaka.

Dear Friend,
I am the attorney to late Mr.Vallombrozo (an International Businessman) who was killed with his entire family in Africa almost 3 years ago.
I desides to ask for your assistance after I have gone through your profile that speaks good of you and with that I think I can trust you.
Please be informed that I have decided to contact you for a fund transfer transaction worth
Millions of American dollars into your reliable bank account as the sole NEXT-OF-KIN to my foreign deceased client. Since his death occurred, no body has show up as his next of kin for the claim because the account is untraceable. Upon the investigation I carried out from my client records, I found out that his foreign business consultant who would have trace the account died earlier before the deceased.
Therefore, this is a confidential and sealed deal.For the success of this transaction, you should apply and act as the only existing NEXT-OF-KIN to the deceased which the bank will replace the deceased account information
through proper documentation in position of your own account as I have arranged and I will back it up with all the documentations as his Attorney. This transaction is risk-free, no one can trace the account, and on the instant of the transfer of the fund into your account, the chapter of this transaction will be closed
entirely.Note: that in a business of this nature, the bank don’t want to know the difference between the deceased country, religion or believe because the bank inheritance law is against that.
So, it is a preference for us to achieve this success without any problem.Please note down that once the fund get transferred into your account, you will have 15% of the total sum while the rest will be for me as I will arrange myself down to your country to take my share.I need your urgent response and include your private telephone/mobile numbers for easy communication. Please reply if you can be trusted in this deal.Thanks, Yours faithfully,Mike Utaka,. Esq.(Principal Counsel)

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