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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: mike jude <>
Date: Fri, 22 Aug 2008 15:35:40 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: urgent respoud

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

- GREETINGS TO YOU,I crave your indulgence to kindly attend to this in good faith. I do not mean any disrespect approaching you through this medium. It is due to the time constrain of this matter.My name is Scott Anderson,a legal practitioner and the personal Attorney to Mr.haron vehra,a national of your country here in after referred to as my client. My client Mr.Mark and his family was involved in an unfortunate 5st November 2003 fatal auto crash along loftus road london in which people were burnt to death.He lost his life alone with his family.My late client was an oil magnet working with Chevron Oil Plc United Kingdom and had left behind a deposit of (9.8) Million Pounds with a finance company.After the death of my client, the finance company contacted me, as his Attorney to provide his next of kin who should inherit his fortune. This according to them is their policy in sure circumstances. But Since his death I have made several Enquiries through your Embassy to locate !
any of my client's extended relative but this exercise has proved unsuccessful.I had to inform the finance company about my fruitless effort in locating my late client close relative or his next of kin. The board of directors of the company just adopted a resolution and I was mandated to provide his next of kin for the payment of this money within the next 15 official working days or forfeit the money as an abandoned fund.The company had planned to invoke the abandoned property decree of 1998 to confiscate the funds after theexpiration of the period given to me.But after an investigation in the finance company, I found out that some members of the company wants to divert this fund into their private accounts for their own interest and only want, to use the excuse that since I am not able to look for some one to make the claim, the money should be made unserviceable and that means submitting the fund to the federal government of this country and some to the company managemen!
t which is not their main intentions.I have reasoned very professional
ly and I feel it will be legally proper to present you as the next of kin of my deceased client.This is legally possible and would be done in accordance with the laws of the land. I seek your consent to present you as the Next of Kin to the Deceased since you are equally from the same country, so that the proceeds of This Bank Account valued at (9.8) Million pounds can be paid to you, before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable to the bank where this huge deposit were lodged.note that this is legal, and 100% risk free since I have all vital documents that would be requested by them and that would confer you the legal right to make this claim.I do sincerely sympathize the death of my client, but had thought it unprofitable for his funds to be summated to the federal government of this country. My aim now is to retrieve this fund, and for this I seek your assistance. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 3years now I seek your consent to p!
resent you as the next of kin of the eceased since you are equally from the same country,so that the proceeds of this account valued at 9.8 Million pounds can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money, 60%to me and 40% to you.I know there might be other persons out there also from the same country as my late client. but after a little check my instinct tells me to contact you,can I trust you on this?will you be willing to assist me make this claim.I shall assemble all the necessary Legal Documents that will be used to back up your claim.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 by alternative email for better confidentiality and send to me your telephone and fax numbers to enable us discuss further about this transaction. My phone number is +44-258-35957 if this proposal is acceptable by you; do not take undue advantage of the trust I hav!
e bestowed in you,I await your urgent response.Best regards,esp02@mywa Reply Tel:+44-86-655-002 PLEASETREAT AS ABSOLUTELY CONFIDENTIAL.

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