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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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Please note about this email:

Fraud email example:

From: "Bar.Mike Homes" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Dec 2005 17:44:11 -0700

Barrister Mike Home (LLB HONS)
Legal Equity Law Firm
1 Atkin Building Gray's Inn
London WC1R 5AT
TEL/Fax: +44 870 134 2019

Dear Friend,

             I am Barrister Mike Homes, lawyer to late Mr.Morris Thompson An American who lost his life in a plane crash involving Alaska Airline's Flight 261 which crashed on January 31st.2000, including his wife and only daughter.Mr. Morris Thompson, aged 61 hailed from Fairbanks, Alaska in United States of America. He was one of the state’s most prominent native and business leaders.All these you are very free to verify from the web link below for more information and clarification about his socio-economic status until his death; and

Before the demise of my client, he disclosed to me his account status, which is about £10.5million British Pounds Sterling (Ten Million Five Hundred Thousand British Pounds Sterling). He also handed over to me some vital documents regarding this fund trapped now at Natwest Bank London, England.I was at the last burial rights on February 5th, 2000 to pay my final respect to Late Mr. Morris Thompson. There I made thorough inquiries about his kins but, discovered no one really knows about this funds currently sited at Natwest Bank London.Since then, I have made successive attempts to get his next of kin or relative to come forth and claim this fund but to no avail.And as personal lawyer to my late client, I cannot in any way claim it unless someone overseas does so.

I must not hesitate to inform you that just a forth night ago, I received a routine notification from Natwest Bank London concerning this fund, and the officials of this bank issued me a warning, stressing the urgency for late Mr. Morris Thompson's relative or next of kin to come forward to claim this fund immediately or they will have it confiscated and forwarded to the nation's treasury account as an unclaimed fund. This is the agreement they have reached at the bank and they also reiterated that this is according to their banking guidelines.

Owing to the fact that his only daughter whom should have claimed this fund, also perished in that fatal air crash, I want to place you as the next of kin to late Mr. Morris Thompson. Like I earlier ascertained, I have in my possession the necessary documents that will enable me to apply on your behalf as the rightful beneficiary to my late client's fund in this bank. Be informed that upon successful transfer of this money into your account,you shall have 35% of it as your share. I must also remind you that honesty and trust, transparency must be our watchword in the course of this transaction.

N:B, This transaction is confidential and risk free.You can only contact me on my TEL/Fax:+44 870 134 2019 or my email address  I will discuss with you in details when I receive your response.Please include the following in your reply,

(1.) Your Name in full.
(2.) A reliable phone and Fax number
(3.) Occupation/Company Name (If any)

I look forward to receiving your reply soon.

Yours faithfully

Barrister Mike Homes(LLB HONS)
Legal Equity Law Firm
(Attorneys and Solicitors)

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