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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: azu mike <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Dec 2007 15:42:15 +0100
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam,

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Barrister Azu Mike, a Solicitor. I am the Personal Attorney to Mr.Steve, who used to work with Chevron Oil Development Company in Nigeria. On the 21st of April, 2001,My Client, his wife and their three children were involved in a car accident along Abuja Express Road. Unfortunately, they all lost their lives in the event of the accident.Since then I have made several enquiries to the Embassy to locate any of my client Relatives but this has proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but to no avail, hence,I contacted you to assist in claiming the fund deposited in a long-term fixed depsoit account in United Bank here in Nigeria.Consequently, the management of the united bankhas just issued me a notice to provide the Next of Kin to claim the US$15 Million (Fifteen Million United States Dollars only) in their custody within the next fourteen official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 5 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased to claim the fund as the Next of Kin to him so that the fund will be transferred to your account by the Bank.

Upon receipt of the fund in your account,I will come over to your country to meet with you for the disbursement of the fund and then you and I will share the money in this order: 55% will be for me, 40% will be for you, while 5% will be used on expenses incurred.I have all the necessary legal documents that can back our claim we may make with the Bank.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, get in touch with me by my secured and confidential email address at ( to enable me clarify you further.

1, Your full Name 2, Your contact Address3, Your private phone,mobile and fax numbers4, Occupation

Best regards .Barrister Azu Mike(Esq)
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