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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: "Emmaneul Oguamanam" <>
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2012 15:08:05 +0100

(Attorney at Law)
Established since 1985
Plot#22 Broad Street

Hello Dear,
I am Barr Emmanuel Oguamanam from Nigeria, the attorney to high profile
patrons of a Finance House here in Nigeria.My late client Mr. ANDREW COOK made
a numbered time (Fixed) Deposit on December 30th 2003, for twelve calendar
months.Upon Maturity, they have sent a routine notification to his forwarding
address but got no reply. After a month, they sent a reminder through my law
firm to provide him for his funds since i am his attorney/legal
representative.And i discovered from his contract employers he was aboard the,
Boeing 727 Beirut-bound charterJet which crashed on takeoff on December 26th
2004, see the below link for more details:
After further inquest, i also discovered that he died without making a WILL
and all attempts to trace his next of kin proved futile. On further
inquisition, i discovered that Late client did not declare any next of kin or
relations in all his official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork
here at the Finance House. The total sum is US$10M still with them and the
interest is being rolled over with the principal sum at the end of each year.
No one will ever come forward to claim it. In accordance with the Federal
banking Laws and Constitution, the money will revert to the ownership of the
Government if nobody applies as the next of Kin to claim the funds.
Consequently,I shall present you as a foreigner to stand in, as the next of
kin to this gentleman, since you are a foreigner and from the same country
with the deceased, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you,
for us to share.
Upon acceptance of this proposal, I shall give you detailed information on how
this deal would be carried out.And also obtain and supply all other relevant
papers on your behalf for the necessary documentation and for payment
endorsement from the finance house.
The money will be shared in the ratio of 60% to 35% and 5% will be used to
reimburse for any arising contingencies during the course of this
transaction.I guarantee that this will be executed legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law or any legal plight.
Please be informed that your extreme discretion is required. If this interests
you, please reply me directly via my private
email( and indicate your full name, Address Date
of Birth, Your contact Telephone and fax numbers respectively.

I await your urgent reply.
Barr.Emmanuel Oguamanam

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