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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: Mathew Okon <>
Date: Thu, 8 Oct 2020 06:16:55 -0700
Subject: Dear Sir

Dear Sir

*I am sending you this email and I believe you must have been getting
something similar but still seems this is the only best way of
communication apart from telephone conversation, but we cannot because
there are Bad people in the world and will not recognize the good ones, so
I advise you to settle down and read this mail comprehensively and you will
know I am for REAL.*

*Well, Barrister Mathew Okon is my name, I was born in the City of South
Africa, but I traveled sometime and I studied in Nigeria, I am a Solicitor
and also the Personal legal representative to Late Eng.George Moses, who
used to work with SIAMRAK Company Limited in Abuja-Nigeria.

*Something painful happened on the Sunday, June 3rd 2012 at 3:43pm local
time, Dana Air flight 0992 from Abuja to Lagos declared an emergency with
the Lagos control tower at 11 nautical miles to Murtala Muhammed Airport
Lagos. A minute later the aircraft disappeared from the Air Traffic Control
radar. The flight was found to have crashed into residents buildings at Iju
area of Agege with 153 people onboard and they all lost their lives in the
event of the Accident. which you an also visit the website for more

*Since then, I have made several enquirers to your Embassy to locate any of
my client's relatives, thus proved unsuccessful. Subsequent to these
several failed efforts, I strong-willed to unearth his associations over
the Internet to locate any member of his family but to no avail, hence, I
wanted to put the announcement on television or newspaper but that will
alert the bank to know that I don't know any of his family member, then
they will have the chance to confiscate the funds just like that. Right
now, I contacted you to assist in repatriating the Funds.*

*This Bank has waited for me for more than 13 yrs now, So they issued me
another notice to provide the Next of Kin to late Eng. George Moses,who
will claim the US$15 (Fifteen Million United States Dollars Only) in their
custody within the next Fourteen official working days as the bank knows me
very well, I do visit their office with Late Eng. George Moses, so they all
knows I and Eng. George Moses, hence they all know that I am his only
Attorney which they believe I should know everything about him.*

*Since, I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over more
than 13 yrs now, I seek your consent to present you to claim the funds as
the Next of Kin, to the deceased, so as to enable the Bank transfer the
fund into your Account.*

*Upon receive of the fund, I will either give you an account from another
bank where you will transfer my share to me or I will come over to your
country to meet with you for the disbursement of the fund, and then you and
I will share the money in this order: 40% will be for me, 40% will be for
you and 10% will go for Motherless Baby home, why the other 10% will be set
aside for expenses that may occur.

I have all the necessary legal documents that can back our claim which the
Bank may require.*

*All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us to see this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a justified
arrangement that will protect you from any Breach of the Law.*

*Thanks, as I hope to hear from you soon.*

*Sincerely Yours,*
*Barrister Mathew Okon*

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