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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: "BARR THOMAS WOODMAN" <> (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 06:09:43 -0800
Subject: This would be my last mail on this subject

Woodman Legal Chambers
136 Lonsdale Road,Barnes
London SW13 4XD


With deadline issued to us by the security company on my late client deposit, I decided to make this last approach to you on this proposal

My name is Thomas Woodman. I am a barrister, solicitor and notary public; the personal attorney a former expatriate of Tran field Worley (New Zealand) Ltd. Who is a national of your country. On the 29th of April 2003,

My client, his wife was involved in a fatal auto crash in Here in Manchester City - United Kingdom. Unfortunately they all lost their lives in the event of the accident, since Then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients extended relatives and this has also proved unsuccessful.

For quite some time now, I have been receiving series of correspondences from the finance house where my late client has a fund deposit but it was a not successful venture hence I decided to find a way and pull the deposited Fund out. This
is why I wrote to you because I need your consent to present you as the beneficiary to the total deposit amounts to Nine Million United States Dollars Only.

I need to know if you are willing and able to do the deal with me? If this is possible, let me have your details and we can discuss better. I assure you that every part of this deal will be secured as I endeavor to secure legal clearance
from the British High Court of Justice for everything we do in this deal. You will also be entitled to a reasonable share of the fund after we claim it so I will like to hear from you as quickly as possible.

Waiting to hear from you urgently.


Barr. Thomas Woodman

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