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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: "Mr.David Mark" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 02:13:48 +0200
Subject: Dear Friend,

>From The Desk Of David Mark
Plot 245 Adeolu Hope wall Street
Victoria Island Lagos-Nigeria

Dear Friend,

I am an Accountant with the UNITED BANK FOR FRICA(UBA)My name is Mr.David Mark.I am the personal Account Manager to Late Engr.Williams,who is a citizen of your country ,who used to work with an Oil Development company
in Nigeria.NNPC(NIGERIA NATIONAL PETROLEUM COMPANY)here in after shall be referred to as my client On April 21,2008, my client,his wife,and their three children were involved in a car accident along Lagos Sagamu Express Road,Lagos Nigeria.

All occupants in the car unfortunately lost their lives.Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this has also proved abortive, after several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to trace name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating of the funds and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged,particularly the United Bank for Africa PIC. Where the deceased had
an account Valued at about ($50 million u s dollars)The bank has Issued me a notice to provide the next of kin. Or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 3years now,I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased,so that we can proceed on the closure of this account valued at($50 million US dollars)and will be paid to you and then you and me Can share the money 50% to me and 45% to you and 5% for any expenditure made during the repatriating of the fund into your account,An attorney will be
contracted to help re-validated and notarize all the necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Enclose your private telephone number for easy communication.

You can reach me via :

I await your response

Best Regards

Mr.David Mark

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