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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?Mofe=20Dave?= <>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 01:11:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Letter Of Intents

¡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 (Mofe Davies)personal Attorney tolate Engr.Ali Akbar a Foreigner,and a contractor 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 ExpressRoad.Unfortunately theylost their lives in the accident,Since then I have made inquiries to Embassies to locate any extended relatives of my clients,this proved unsuccessful.After these unsuccessful attempts,The bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated.I now decided to contact you to assist me in repatriating the money and property 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 will be confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged,valued at about $15.5million U.S dollars(FifteenMillion Five Hundred Thousand U.S.America Dollars).Having been unsuccessfulin locating the relatives for several years now.I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased,so that the proceeds of this account valued at $15.5million U.S dollars can be paid to youraccount and then you and me canshare the money.70% for me and 25% to you,while 5% should be for expenses or tax as government may require.Ihave all necessary legaldocumentsthatcan be used to back up any claim we may mak e.I requireyour honest co-operation toseeing this deal through.Iguarantee that this will be executed under legitimate plansthat will protect you from anybreach ofthe law.Ilook forward to hear from you urgently

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