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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: "BARRISTER ELAINE M." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 18:03:22 -0000
Subject: ELAINE ASSOCIATES & Co. //Ref.......

Samuel Asabia House 35,
Marina, Lagos,
Logistics Unit,
Our Ref: SIB1000732985761

My name is barrister ELAINE MARTINS (Esq), I got your contact information from a reputable business/professional directory of your country which gives me assurance of your legibility as a person while trying to get a good and capable business for both business and investment purposes.
I am the Personal Attorney to late Mr. Morris Thompson an American citizen who was a businessman in my country Nigeria but unfortunately he died in an air crash of Alaska Airlines Flight 261 which was a scheduled international passenger flight on January 31, 2000 from Lic. Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, where he went on vacation to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in Seattle, Washington, with an intermediate stop at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco California

Before the crash, Mr. Morris Thompson an old business man in my country Nigeria who served as a Commissioner of the Bureau of Indian Affairs from 1973 to 1976 made a fixed deposit valued worth the sum of $20,000,000.00USD (TWENTY MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS) with the old DEFUNT STANDARD TRUST BANK OF NIGERIA and upon maturity in the year 2008 several notice was sent to reach any of family members, but there where no response up till date and no one has been able to identify or be reached as a relative to late Mr. Morris Thompson who die with his wife Thelma and only daughter Sheryl who is the only next of kin to his estate.

One of the reason why I contacted you is, according to the laws of my country at the expiration of 6 years without any one presented by me his personal attorney as the next of kin to his estate and for the release of this fund, these funds will be reverted to the federal government treasury account (FEDERAL REPUBLIC NIGERIA GOVERNMENT ACCOUNT.
Against this backdrop, I needed a foreigner to assist me in getting this fund out from the government account because due to bad leaders/government we have in Africa, this fund will not be utilized but will be diverted into personal account of famous and top political officers in the country rather than using it for proper investment that will promote economic growth and development in the country or rather for charity works.
So please I will like you as a foreigner to stand as the next of kin to my late client Mr. Morris Thompson so that you will be able to receive these funds for both of us. WHAT IS TO BE DONE?

I want you to know that this is a legal transaction as I have had all the process outlined for the progress of this transaction. As his barrister, I will prepare the necessary documents that will back up the claim as the next of kin to Mr. Morris Thompson and the most important thing needed is truth and trust for both of us to enable us achieve our goal.
Your provide me with the below information and attached a copy of your identification while replying this email

[1] NAME:
[3] AGE:
[4] SEX:
[6] FAX:

Also be informed that this Transaction will take us just 5-10 working days only to be accomplished beginning from when I receive the above information from you.
I will file an application to the bank on your behalf once I received your information and also secure the necessary approval and letter of probate in your favor for the movement of the funds to an account that will be provided by you. This process is 100% risk free as I have set out all the modalities to see that a legal and legitimate process is applied

Please note that utmost secrecy and confidentiality is required at all times during this transaction.

Once the funds have been transferred into your nominated bank account we
WILL SHARE IT IN THE RATIO of 50% for me, 45% for you and the balance 5% will be use to pay for any expenses incurred in getting the fund released to you. I will prefer that you reach me via this email address: (

Your earliest response to this offer will be appreciated so that I can tell you more this transaction.

Best Regards
Barrister Elaine M.

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