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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: s11hockman <>
Date: Sun, 21 Dec 2008 19:16:33 +0100
Subject: Hello!

Our Ref: NNC/SAN/NP/05


I am Barr Stephen Hockman, a solicitor at law in London,I was educated at
Eltham College and Jesus College in United Kingdom, I am the Personal
attorney to Mr. John ,a national of your country, who use To work with (A
PETROLEUM OIL COMPANY). My client r. John Was born on the 23rd of March
1960 and he died on a motor accident with his family,his wife and 3 kids.
He died on 21st April 2002 His Parents are late and he is the only child
of his parents,Before he died he deposited the sum of $15 million in
Platinum Habib Bank with the hope of transferring it to his country
before he will be on leave,Since his death I have made several inquiries to
your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also
proved Unsuccessful. After the several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to
Contact you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and
property left behind by my client before they get declared unserviceable by
the security company where the deposit was made.

Now the Platinum Habib Bank has issued me a notice to Provide the next of
kin or have the money declared unserviceable within the next ten official
working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for
over four months now. I seek your consent to present you as the next of
kin of the deceased or the person that will represent him as a relative,
so that the proceeds this deposit can be sent to you and then you and I
can share the money 50% to me and 40% to you,And the remaining 10% will
cover expenses of the both of us while trying to claim the said funds. I
am trying to be very careful about what is going round in the world,
about African's fraud? I hope you are not among them, and I Hope you are
an honest and trustworthy person.I am well known in London Please you are
free to give your own opinion on this transaction Modality if you wish.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up every claim
we may make. All I require is your honest Co-operation to enable us See this
transaction through. NB: please you Must not have a record of an adult
felony conviction or equivalent Criminal charge dismissed either by course
of any federal or state court agency or law enforcement agency of any
jurisdiction and must Be of legal age in the country. Please send any reply
to my alternative mailbox( Sorry,I am upgrading my
website. I promise to back you up legally,I will send to you all my legal
Identities and my certificates given to me in my law School, Just to avoid
people using my name !for fraud and all sort of rubbish in Africa. The
sharing modality is still open and renegotiable. All I required is your
honest cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through.

I Guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect you from any breach of the Law.You are advised to send me your
full name, telephone/fax number,mailing address, age and occupation based on
trust and honesty and as soon as I get that I shall send to you a TEXT OF
APPLICATION which you will send to the bank proposing for claims and
release of this fund.

Stephen Hockman.

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