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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:

Date: Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:16:02 +0100
Subject: Dear Friend

Dear Friend

I am Barr.Lucky Dialo, a solicitor at law. I was the personal attorney
to Mr. Imran Waheed, a national of Pakistan who used to work with an
oil servicing company here in Benin Republic west africa after which
be referred to as my client.

Mr. Imran Waheed 49 years of age made a fixed deposit of fund valued
at USD$10,200,000.00 (Ten Million Two Hundred Thausand United States
Dollars Only) with a Bank here in Benin Republic and unfortunately
lost his life in a Bhoja Air crash Boeing 737-200, registration AP-BKC
performing flight B4-213 from Karachi to Islamabad (Pakistan) with 121
passengers and 6 crew members on board on April 20th 2012 on his visit
to his country as you can see on the following link below:

He left no clear beneficiary as Next of Kin except some vital
documents related to the deposit that is still in my
possession.Recently, the governing body of the Bank contacted me on
this matter, requesting that I should notify the next of kin of my
late client to claim the funds and I am yet to provide the Next of Kin
to lay claims to the fund.

I know that my client had no living next of kin but I went ahead and
made several inquiries to his embassy to locate any of my late
client's extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful. Under a
clear and legitimate agreement with you, I seek your consent to
present you as the next of kin, so that my late client's fund will not
be confiscated by the Bank.

You and I can share the money, you will be entitled to part of the
money for your role as the relative and next of kin of my late client.
Be informed that there is no risk involved as all necessary legal
documents that will be used to back you up as the legal beneficiary
and next of kin of my late client will be procured.

All I require is your sincerity, honesty, co-operation and utmost good
faith to enable us see this deal through. I guarantee that this will
be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I
from any breach of the law.

Kindly, get in touch with me via e-mail and call me Tele:+229 67 834
207 please as soon as you receive this mail call me urgently to enable
us discuss further.and also send your informations to me and Do not
forget that a project of this magnitude requires utmost
confidentiality and sincerity.

1.your full name.........

2.your occupation.........

3.your phone number........

4.your country..............

5.your sex...................

6.your age...................

I look forward to your urgent response.

Barr.Lucky Dialo

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