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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: "=?utf-8?q?Barrister,William=20Amadi?=" <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 10:18:28 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Yours Faithfully

¡Tengo nueva dirección de correo!Ahora puedes escribirme

- It is obvious that this proposal will come to you as a suprise. this is because we have not met before,However,I am (Amadi William)personal Attorney to the late Engr.Ali Akbar a Foreigner,and coutractor with Shell Petroleum Company in Nigeria.On the 21st of April 2003,my client,his wife And their three children were involved in a car accident along Lagos Express Road. Unfortunately they all lost their lives in the accident, Since then I have made inquiries to Embassies to locate any extended relatives of my clients, this has proved unsuccessful.And the bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated.since I have been unsuccessfull in locating the relatives for several years now,I know decided to contact you to assist me in repatriating the money left behind by my client,I can easily convince the bank with my legal practice that you are a relation to my client.Otherwise the money he left behind will be confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits was lodged. valued at about $24.5million U.S dollars(Twenty four Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S.America Dollars).I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased,so that the proceeds of this account valued at $24.5million U.S dollars can be paid to your account and then you and me can share the money.70% for me and 25% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as government may require.I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through.I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.I look forward to hear from you urgently so that we can proceed accordingly.forward your response back to my pravite email:,If you Agree with this All i need from you is Your fullname,Age,Home address,Occupation,Mobile phone number,Phone number,fax number,And any necessary Identification I wait for your urgent response, Thanks and God Bless. Yours Faithfully Barrister Amadi William

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