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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: Barrister Emma Osiga <>
Reply-To: Barrister Emma Osiga <>
Date: Sat, 6 Dec 2014 13:08:23 +0000 (UTC)

OFFICE: BARRISTER EMMA OSIGAHead, union chambers and AssocietesAdd: 01 BP 2046 CotonouIndustrial Quatier Des Elites,République du Bénin  
Dear Friend,
How are you today? hope fine. My name is Barrister Emma Osiga, of union chambers and Associetes in cotonou-Benin Republique, I am contacting you because you share the same last name with my late client.
He is a foreigner, who used to work as a Director of Produits petroliers (SONACOP) Oil Company in Benin Republic West Africa ,Here in after shall   be referred to as my client. On the 25 Decemebr 2003,my client, his wife and their two children were involved in a Plain Crash along Airport Sea . All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives.
Since then I have made several enquiries to their embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives but this has proved unsuccessful, After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet here I got your contact.  I have contacted you to see if you can assist in repatriating the assets and Capital valued at ($25.5 MILLION )  left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank where this huge deposits were lodged.
The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next twenty one {21} official working days. Since I have been unsuccessfully in locating the relatives for over 6 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the NEXT OF KIN (beneficiary) to my late Clint, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you since you have the same last name with him.
Click the website below and view the Plane crash. depth/photo_gallery/3348445. stm All I require from you is your trust and honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, You will have for yourself a total of 40% of the total sum immediately after the money have successful transferred to your account, while the balance of 60% will be mine.
You are therefore required to send the following details to me through this  email address: ( to enable me start processing of the release of the fund in your name if you are interested and capable to handle this deal.
1) YOUR FULL NAME:_______________2) YOUR AGE:______________________3) YOUR MARITAL STATUSES:_______4) YOUR CELL PHONE NUMBER:______5) YOUR FAX NUMBER:______________6) YOUR COUNTRY:_________________7) YOUR OCCUPATION:_____________8) YOUR SEX:______________________9) YOUR RELIGION:________________10) YOUR PRIVATE E-MAIL ADDRESS:___
I await your reply ASAP.
Best RegardsBarrister Emma Osiga EsqPrivate tel:+229-98842765

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