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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: "Raymond Okech" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 18:54:17 -0700

Sir / Madam,

It is obvious that this proposal will come to you as a suprise.This is
because we have not met before but I am inspired to sending you this
email following the huge fund transfer opportunity that will be of
mutual benefit to the two of us.
However, I am Barrister Raymond Okech, Attorney to the late Engr.Ronald
Richard a national of Northern American, who used to work with Shell
Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) in Nigeria. On the 11th of
November,2002.My client,his wife And their three children were
involved in a car accident along Sagamu/Lagos Express Road.
Unfortunately they all lost their lives in the event of the accident,
Since then I have made several enquiries to several Embassies to
locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also proved
unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace
relatives over the Internet to locate any member of his family but of
no avail, hence I contacted you since you have the same surname with
the deceased. I contacted you to assist in repartrating the money and
property left
behind by my client,I can easily convince the bank with my legal
practice that you are the only surviving relation of my client.
Otherwise the Estate he left behind will be confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were
lodged.Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued
at about $15 million U.S dollars(Fifteen million U.S.America
dollars). Conseqently,The bank issued me a notice to provide the next of
kin or
have the account confiscated within the next ten official working
days. Since I have been unsuccesful in locating the relatives for over
several years now.I seek your consent to present you as the next of
kin to the deceased,so that the proceeds of this account valued at
$15million U.S dollars can be paid to your account and then you and me
can share the money. 55% to me and 40% to you,while 5% should be for
expenses or tax as your government may require. All I require is your
honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through and also forward the
following to me:
1,Your Full Name
2,House Address
3,Your Contact Number
4,Your Age and Gender
5,Your Bank name and address
6,Your account number where the money will be transfered to.
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 VIA this my confidential EMAIL <

Yours Faithfully,
(Barrister Raymond Okech (Esq.)

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