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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: "From;Barrister Harry Smith" <>
Date: Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:04:49 +0800 (CST)
Subject: Attn:Bonafide Beneficiary

Solicitors & Advocate
No.294 von volien Zongo,
03 bp, Cotonou,
Republique du Benin
Telephone:+229 98526224
Fax Number:0229-98950574

Attn:Bonafide Beneficiary,

I know you will be very surprised to read from someone relatively unknown to you before. I must apologize for this unsolicited message to you, I want you to know that the essence of this message is strictly confidential and for mutual benefit between you and I and nothing more.

My name is Barrister Harry Smith, the attorney at law to Late Maronka Tibor, a national of your country, who used to work as the Director of Produits pétroliers (TOTAL B NIN) in Benin Republic West Africa Here in after shall be Referred to as my client. On the 27th of May 2010, my client, His wife and their two Children were involved in a car accident Along Sagbama express-road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also proved Unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track His country over the Internet, to locate any member of his Family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you with faith to assist in Repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank here. These huge deposits were lodged particularly, with the " ECO BANK " An affiliate of Commercial Bank of Africa where the Deceased had an account valued at about $9.5 million dollars.

The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated. Since I have been unsuccessful in Locating the relatives for over three years now I seek your consent To present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you are from The same country so that the proceeds of this account valued at Nine Million Five Hundred Thousand Dollars ($9.5 million dollars) can be paid to you and then you and me can Share the money.50% to me and 50% to you I will procure all Necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make,all I require is your honest cooperation to enable us seeing this Deal through.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. And the way we are going to achieve this is I will need the following information from you,

Your Full Names,........................
Your Age,................................
Marital Status............................
Occupation and Position,..................
Your Telephone, ...................and Fax,...........
(for Communication Purpose )

I await your reply as soon as possible.

Best Regards,
Barrister Harry Smith.
Telephone: +229 98526224

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