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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: "Honeywell & Associates" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2008 07:21:16 -0700
Subject: From: Honeywell & Associates

Honeywell & Associates
Office: 11-12/Floor, Lion Building,
21 Kings-way St., Lagos-Nigeria.

Dear Sir,

Notification Update!

On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of our late client, I
once again try to notify you as my earlier letter to you through the Post
Office were returned undelivered, therefore I now attempt to reach you via
your email address as it appears to be the next and the only option left

My client was a pioneer member of Nigeria Liquefied Natural Gas Limited
(NLNG), a dedicated Christian and Philanthropist. He died on the 10th day of
January 2002 at the age of 77 as a result of the Niger-Delta
uprising/seizing of proficiency in that region, and his Deposit's is now
ready for execution.

Our client left Fifteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars
with Chartered Bank Plc to you as his next of kin beneficiary. On my last
visit to the bank, I was made to produce my late client's next of kin;
otherwise, his assets will be confiscated and given to the United Nations
Education Fund (UNESCO).

Please If I reach you as I am hopeful I will, endeavour to get back to me as
soon as possible to enable me conclude my job. You should forward along your
full names, your current address, and your current telephone and fax
numbers. This is to enable us make proper documentations needed to make this
claim from the bank.

All I require is your honesty, co-operation to enable us see this
transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

I hope to hear from you in no distant time. Once again, I congratulate you
for this is a significant honor indeed. Therefore, act at once to avoid risk
of forfeiture/ forfeit to the deceased family.

Please reconfirm your full names, phone number and address immediately via
email (

Yours in Service,

Mike Patrick
Honeywell & Associates

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