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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: Tue, 14 Jun 2016 01:58:42 -0700

Dear Friend

I am Attorney Mamadou Samurai , I have decided to bestow this trust on
you, which I pray you will not ignore or betray. I apologize in
advance for any inconveniences this may cause you. I am the Personal
Attorney to late Engineer P. B. Corcoran, who was a contractor here in
Benin Republic. He died 2003 with his entire family perished in
Air-Crash on board from Cotonou. View the below BBC web site for more
information, africa/3348109.stm

As a matter of fact, my client made a fixed deposit amount, valued at
($18.5m) Million USD with a Financial Institution here in Benin Rep,
upon the duration time of their agreement, His Bank started contacting
him but no response consequently, the bank issued me a notice to
provide the next of kin to the deceased as his personal attorney, or
have his account confiscated after ten years, as it is in the law of
this country.

Since then, I have made several contacts to his countries embassy in
order to locate any of my clients extended relatives, which had also
been unsuccessful. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over two years now, I seek your consent to present you
as the next of kin of the deceased since none of his relatives were no
way to be found so that the proceeds of this account valued at $18.5
million dollars could be transferred into your bank account.
Thereafter, we will both share it in percentage according to our
contributions to boost the success of this great transaction.

I have all the necessary information’s that can be used to back up the
claims from the bank where the fund was deposited by the deceased. All
I require is your honest cooperation to enable us make this great
benefiting transaction successfully.

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, I will need the following information from you,

Your Full Name and Address, Your Age, Occupation and Position,
Your Telephone and Mobile for Communication Purpose. For privacy, reply to my
private Email

I await your reply ASAP.

Best Regards,
Attorney Mamadou Samurai

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