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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: "daniel migan" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 16:54:48 +0100


TELEPHONE: 00 229 93 003 728


I am Barrister Daniel Migan (esq.) a Solicitor and Personal lawyer to the
above name client of mine, a national of your country who has a servicing
firm affiliated with the Electric Authority here in Benin Republic . He was
awarded a contract worth Twenty Three Million United States Dollars
(US$23,000,000.00). Immediately this contract was signed, an initial amount
of Nine Million, Six Hundred Thousand United States Dollars US$9.600,
000.00) was paid to him as mobilization fee to kick off the contract.

He duly completed this contract pending when his remaining balance of
(US$13,400,000.00) will be paid to him. On the 21st April 2004, my client,
his wife and their three children were involved in a ghastly motor accident
along Badagry Express Road . Unfortunately, all the occupants in the vehicle
lost their lives. My client was a successful and an accomplished family man,
who made enough fortune before his untimely death.

Since then I had made several inquiries through your Embassy to locate any
of my clients extended relative but this exercise has proved unsuccessful
after several unsuccessful attempts.Not too long after his untimely death,
his outstanding balance of US$13,400,000.00 was approved. Right now the
funds are still floating unclaimed in the suspense account of the offshore
correspondence payment centre in Europe . I decided to trace his relatives
through the Internet, to locate any member of his family not much progress
was recorded.
Coincidentally, I came across your name and to my surprise; you bear a
similar surname with my client. By virtue of my closeness to the deceased
and his immediate family, I am very much aware of my client related
documents on which the contract was awarded and executed. I have reasoned
very professionally and I feel it will be legally proper to present you as
the next of kin of my deceased client, so that you can be paid the remaining
balance of his contract funds left in the bank, hence I contacted you.

I am offering you this opportunity by contacting 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 these huge Deposits
were lodged. The National Electric Authority issued me a notice as the
Attorney to the Deceased to provide the Next of Kin or have the Account
confiscated within the Next Ten official working days since I have been
unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 1 year that I have been
searching, I seek your consent to present you as the Next of Kin or family
member to the Deceased since you are at an advantage, from the same country,
so that the proceeds of this remaining balance of his contract funds valued
at $13.4 Million Dollars can be paid to you.

We shall both share the funds; we will agreed on the sharing ratio as we
proceed, A certain amount will be for any incurred expenses and for donation
to charitable organizations. I have all the necessary Legal Documents that
will be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest
co-operation to enable us see this claim through. I guarantee that this will
be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any
breach of law. Please get in touch with me by email or phone to enable us
discuss further.

Respectfully Yours,
Barrister Daniel Migan (ESQ)

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