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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: "lionel read" <barristerread@msn.com>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 14:37:36 +0000
Subject: YOUR ATTENTION NEENED URGENTLY

FROM THE OFFICE OF LIONEL READ(QC)
BAR COUNCIL OFFICE,
15 Old Square
Lincoln's Inn
London WC2A 3UE .
LONDON,ENGLAND

Dear Friend,


I am barrister Lionel Read practising in all areas of tax, but more
particularly, private client work - IHT, CGT, trust tax, offshore tax; also
charities and Inland Revenue prosecutions in complex tax evasion cases.I am
personal lawyer to late Engr.Brad a native of your country who was working
in an oil producing company in Nigeria. On October 2001 my client died
during the oil exploration in an oil-bunkering crisis in warri Delta state
of Nigeria, and he died in testate. Furthermore, my client has in his
account valued at 8.7millionUSD a deposit with a bank in Nigeria (HALLMARK
BANK PLC)



My client supposed next of kin died also during the blast, all effort
to contact any of his relation proved abortive.The banking law and guideline
act 00.02 of the foreign beneficiary fund release stipulates that if such
fund remain uncliamed after the exsisting period of four years, as the fund
shall be automatically transfered into the bank treasury account as
uncliamed fund I do not want the bank to transfer the funds into the bank
treasury as unclaimed funds. I'm hereby making a confidencial business
proposition for you to stand as the next of kin to my late client because
you bear the same last name with my client.

The principal amount will be shared 50% for me 40% for you and 10% for
all expenses incurred during the transaction. Note this transaction is 100%
risk free as you will not appear in person as soon as the transaction
progresses I'll be the one traveling down to Nigeria. Your communication
with the bank should be on calls and emails and all these are to be treated
as confidential as all document backing this transaction will be taken care
of legally as at when due. Be rest assured that this transaction is
profitable to both of us and you won't regret being part of it.I oblige you
to send the following details below:



Full Name

Address

Occupation

Nationality

Mobile/phone number

Fax

Age

Sex



With these available details I'll file an application in your name,
after which I'll send you an official letter of claim for you to send to the
bank via email.If you are vested interesting you can reach me on my official
email address below:

(barristerread@netscape.com)


Regards

Barrister LIONEL READ(QC)


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