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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:

Date: Wed, 14 Dec 2005 10:41:11 +0000
Subject: From: Barrister: Brian Davies

Dear Friend,

Firstly, not to cause you embarrassment, I am Barrister Brian Davies
Solicitor at law passport number 740131877 from Great Britain Northern
Ireland (GBR) and the personal attorney to late Mr. Mark Michelle a National
of France, who used to be a private contractor with the Shell Petroleum
Development Company in Saudi Arabia, herein after shall be referred to as my
client. On the 21st of April 2001, he and his wife with their three children
were involved in an auto crash; all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately
lost their lives. Since then, I have made several enquiries with his country
embassies to locate any of my clients extended relatives, this has also
proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to
contact you with this business partnership proposal.

I am contacting you to assist in repatriating a huge amount of money left
behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by
the Finance security Company where this huge deposit was lodged.

The deceased had a deposit valued presently at $17.3million US Dollars and
the Company has issued me a notice to provide his next of kin or Beneficiary
by Will otherwise have the account confiscated within the next thirty
official working days. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the
relatives for over some years now, I seek your consent to present you or
your company as the next of kin and beneficiary to the deceased so that the
proceeds of this account valued at $17.3 Million US dollars can be paid to

This will be disbursed or shared in an agreed percentages agreed between
both of us or invested in your country while we go into partnership
percentages, pending on your feedback we shall discuss the reimbursement
sharing percentages. I have all necessary legal documents that can be used
to back up any claim we may make. All I require is your honest Co-operation,
Confidentiality and Trust to enable us sees this transaction through. I
guarantee you that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that
will protect from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me ASAP.

I am presently in The United Kingdom and provide me the following to this
email Your full Name, telephone and address your
urgent response will be highly anticipated.

Best regards,

Barrister: Brian Davies.
Attorney at law.

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