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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: Andre Karmo <>
Date: Mon, 27 Sep 2010 13:59:32 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: GOOD DAY

From Barrister Andre Karmo,
Senior Advocate, Principal
Andre chambers & Associates,
BP 01 248, Joint crescent
Cotonou Republic of Benin.
Tell +229 98 66 36 03
Attn:My Dear,
I am sending this email to you personally as a result of the very urgent mandate I received from the Bank and my sincere belief that you can handle this mutual business transaction with me.
I am Barrister Andre Karmo, from REP OF BENIN, a solicitor at law, personal attorney to late Engr. Raymond A. Kiefer, a national Of Germany, a major contractor with Shell Development Company in COTONOU REPUBLIC OF BENIN, on the 10th of March, 2008. It was reported to me, that my client, while returning from Vacation with his entire family from Accra Ghana, all died in an AUTO CAR ACCIDENT.
Late Engr Raymond A. Kiefer, funds sum of US$10.5M (Ten million Five hundred thousand united state dollars) has been dormant in his account with African Investment Bank Benin Republic, without any claim since his untimely death. The( AIB ) management has given me a mandate as his attorney to provide his Next of kin of his deposited funds for the intended transfer of his fund or the account will be revoked as unserviceable after the next 15 working days. since I have been unsuccessful in locating any of his relatives for a long time now irrespective of several attempts made through the internet and their high Commission to locate his relatives but all to no avail. Hence i seek for your humble consent to present you as the Next of Kin to the deceased since you are a foreigner, I respect my judgment that you are to hand this project, invest and manage the Fund properly in your country or any over sea countries.
May I at this point emphasize that this transaction is 100% risk free, as i have made a successful arrangements as personal attorney to Engr Raymond A. Kiefer ,I have all necessary information’s and every legal documents needed to back you up for this claim will be presented to the authorities upon demand. All I require upon your acceptance is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through.
The sharing ratio, you will be entitled to 40% of the total sum as gratification or 40% of the generated income of the joined investment while 10% will be set aside for the setting up of less privileged homes in the name and in memory of my late client and his family and 50% will be for me. Please, you have been advised to keep this a top secret till we conclude the transfer to avoid any thing that may delay or jeopardized our collective efforts.
I advise you to contact me back immediately or call me on my private line +229 98 66 36 03 to confirm to me your acceptance to handle this project with me as an active partner.
Looking forward for your urgent response as to enable me forward more vital information and commence on the legal paper work in your name for a general approval as the new legal registered next of kin to my late client in the position of the formal.
Best Regards,
Barrister Andre Karmo
Tel: +229 98 66 36 03

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