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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: "Anthony smith" <>
Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2009 07:38:50 -0500


Forgive us the indignation if this message comes to you as a surprise and may
offend your personality for contacting you without your prior consent
andwriting through this channel..I get to find your contact at the
Internetdatabase when i was finding a recognition to stand of the claim of my
client next of kin.

I am Barrister Anthony Smith a Solicitor and also the Personal Attorney
toEngineer Martin Johnson, who used to work with shell development company in
Nigeria.On the 23rd of October 2005, My client were involved in a plane crash
accident on is way to Abuja,Nigeria.The plane crash accident happens along a
football field near the village of Lissa, about 30 km(20 miles) north of Lagos
Nigeria.Here is the preview for
accident claims the lives of all, This was sad news to the hearing of any
human being and Since then i have made several inquiries to embassy to locate
any of my clients extended relatives this has proved unsuccessful . After
these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace his relatives over the
Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence I
contacted you.

I have contacted you on trust to assist me in receiving the money left behind
by my client before the bank he has an account with gets the money confiscated
or declared his money as unclaimed fund following the the bank's
policy.Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at
about $9.5 million dollars has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin
of my client or have the account confiscated the next ten working days.

Since I have been unable to locate the relatives.Now I seek your consent to
present you as the next of kin of the deceased to my late client for the
proceedings of the transfer of the money valued at $9.5m can be remitted to
you as the next of kin for our mutual benefit The sharing.percentage is as
follow if only you will be faithful and honest to assist me, 35% for your
assistance as next of kin 60% for me and the remaining 5% shall be for
expenses or taxes as your government may require.All necessary legal document
that will back up your claim of this money will be secured by an attorney on
your behalf.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see that this deal
comes through. I guarantee you that this business will be executed under
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law Please
get in touch with me by at( to enable us discuss
further .

Direct Tel: +234-7025242218

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