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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: "BARR. JUBRIL LORD" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <,>
Date: Fri, 13 Nov 2009 15:00:57 -0000

Jubril Lord and Associates.
Legal Practitioners and Solicitors.
#24 Marble-Ark building, Ikoyi,
Lagos- Nigeria.
It is with heartfelt hope that I write to seek your co-operation and assistance in the context stated below. I know that a deal of this magnitude will make anyone worried and apprehensive, but I am assuring you not to be, as all will be well at the end of this endeavor.
I am Jubril Lord, Esq. (Barrister), a Solicitor at Law, the Personal Attorney to a Late. Mr. Nicholas P. Che II, a Foriegn expatriate who hails from your country. On the 4th of July 2001, It was reported to us, that my client, while returning from Vacation with his family from Russia, all died in the Tupolev-154 crash leaving from Black Sea holiday resort of Anapa to St.Petersburg For more information about this crash and people, visit this
Particularly, the Bank has given me a mandate as his attorney, to provide his next of kin or the funds (in excess of US$14.9M) will be revoked within the next 15 working days. Hence the reason I establish contact with you to assist me by standing as his Next of kin so that the proceeds of his account will be transferred to you.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 4years now, I seek your consent to present you as the Next of Kin of the deceased since you are a foreigner. You will be renumerated with 40% of the total funds for your assistance. If affirmative, kindly furnish me with your following details,
* Your Full Names,
* Residential/Office Address,
* Telephone / Fax Numbers, Age, Occupation and Marital Status, so that I will commence in the securing of all the legal documents to put you in place as the heir to my late clients estate. For more information and proceedings,do get back to me via my private E-mail:
Best Regards,
Barr. Jubril Bala, Esq.
Legal Practitioner and Solicitor.
Tel: 234(802)690-9297, 234(805)071-2258

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