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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 Ikealu Gani" <>
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2016 18:53:33 +0700
Subject: Re: My purpose of contacting you

Dear friend,

I am Barrister Ikealu Gani, the Personal lawyer to late Mr.Michael Frank Taylor, who was
a contractor with gold company here in Benin.

On December, 2012, my client and his family were perished in a crash but my client made
a fixed deposit valued at us$10.5M), and upon the maturity his bank started contacting
him but no response.Consequently,the bank issued me a notice as his lawyer to provide
the next of kin or have the account confiscated after 5 years as the law of this country

Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my clients extended
relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful.Since i have been unsuccessful in locating
the relatives for over some years now,that is why i seek for your consent to present you
as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at $10.5
million can be paid to you then we share the money together.I know that you might be
wondering why i have decided to trust you
with this huge sum, I could have do the business alone but there is no way i can succeed
without a foreign hand,that is why i seek for your assistance so we can share the
benefit together.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up the claim on your
behalf. All i require is your honest and maximum cooperation to enable us see this deal
through.I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will
protect you from any breach of the law.

I will like to invest my own share of the money into real estate business or any other
profitable business through your helping hand and advise.

Please get in touch with me through email or call me on the above phone number to enable
me tell you the needed details so we can proceed.

Thanks and God bless you as I am expecting your urgent response.

Best regards,
Barrister, Ikealu Gani

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