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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: Barrister Charles Kodjo <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 02:28:30 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Dear


(Delivering A High Quality Legal Service)


May the blessings of life continue to shower on us.

This Letter will hit you by surprise, but it is with faith because I found your contact here in the embassy.

I am Barrister. Charles Kodjo, The Personal Attorney to the Late Multi-Millionaire, who is representing a big oil servicing company in my country Lome-Togo (Mr. Peter Mann Andreas) a citizen of The United States of America whom died in the Bell-view Plane Crash in Nigeria some few months ago (Bell-view Airlines Boeing 737-200 flight 210 ) Passenger 86.

As the Personal Attorney to the Late Mr. Peter Mann Andreas, I hold the certified Legality to my Late client's properties, investments and Funds.

My Late client secretly invested an over-invoiced Sum of US100,000,000 (USDonly) into one of Africa Largest Banks' (ECOBANK WEST-AFRICA PLC).

This Funds generated from a Federal Contract between his Company (Con Oil) and Shell Oil Company some couple of years ago. Honestly, I am the only one whom knows about this Funds.

I am of the opinion to present you as the Next of Kin to my Late client so that this Funds can be Remitted into your trusted Bank Account. We both will share this Funds accordingly in the ratio of (40% for you as the receiver and 60% forme being the Attorney).

You must definately assure me that you will not run away with this Funds before we can proceed.

If accepted, kindly send to me the following: 1. FULL NAME, COUNTRY AND

All Legal Documents to back-up this Claim will be Legally worked out by me in your favour.

Confidentiality is highly required in this Legal business transaction.

Barrister. Charles Kodjo Esq.

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