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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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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Richards Clark <richardsclark@supereva.it>
Reply-To: richardsclark5@myway.com
Date: 16 May 2006 10:53:33 -0000
Subject: Urgent,How Is Life Over There


BARRISTER RICHARD CLARK,

DON RICHARD CLARK CHAMBERS,

ANTHONY VILLAGE V/ISLAND,

LAGOS,NIGERIA.





Dear:Sir/Madam,



I am barrister richard clark, a legal practitioner, I am the personal

attorney to late Mr Michael (CEO), who used to work with Chevron Nigeria

limited,here in Nigeria. On the 27th of January 2002, my client, his

wife and their three children were involved in Ikeja bomb blast here in

my country. My client and his family unfortunately lost there lives.





Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients

extended relatives,this has also proved unsuccessful. After these several

unsuccessful attempts, I decided and do some research in the internet,

to locate any member of his family. Hence I contacted you.I have

contacted you to assist me in repatriating the money and property left behind

by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by

the bank where these huge deposits were lodged.Particularly, the Acess

Bank of Nigeria Plc, Lagos Branch where my client deposited 20.95million

US dollars.





The Bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the

Account confiscated within the next ten official working days.





Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 4

Years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the

deceased, so that the proceeds of this account valued at 20.95million US

dollars can be transferred to your account there in your country,then

you and me can share the money. I have all necessary legal documents that

back up the claim we may make. All I require is your honest co-

operation to enable us see this deal through.



I guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement

that will protect you from any breach of the law.Please indicate your

readiness to assist me,so that all the informations about this funds will

be passed to you immediately.You should send to me your full names and

your private telephone numbers for easy communications.And also assure

me of your trust and remember that the trust in business is

confidentiality.So let it be only between me and you.If you give me your full

coperation and this transaction is properly executed,I am prepared to give

you 40% of the total sum for your kind assistance.50% will be for me and

10% percent will be for any expences we may incure along in this

transaction.Please get in touch with me by my private email below to enable

us discuss further.



Thank you very much for your understanding.



Best regards,



Barr.richard clark.



PLEASE VIEW THESE WEBSITES BELOW TO CONFIRM WHAT I AM

TELLING YOU AND GET BACK TO ME.



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2718295.stm



http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/africa/2698081.stm









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