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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: "Kenneth Moore" <kenneth_moore04@hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 09:30:04 -0600
Subject: Dear Ong

FROM THE DESK OF BARRISTER KENNETH MOORE,
KENNETH MOORE’S CHAMBERS
37 IKOYI CRESENT IKOYI
LAGOS NIGERIA
REPLY TO: (kennethmooree@uku.co.uk)

Dear Ong,

My name is Barrister kenneth Moore, and Mr. Fredrick Ong, here in after
shall be referred to as my client. On the October 5, 1999, my client was
involved in a trains crashed near Padding ton Station, which rind leis less
than a mile north of Noting Hill, was a contractor to the federal government
of Nigeria.

This is one of Britain's worst train crashes in fifty years. You can see the
web page.

http://www.kidsnewsroom.org/testmember/100899/aw_100899_01.htm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/467919.stm
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/special_report/1999/10/99/london_train_crash/465503.stm

I have contacted you to assist me, in repatriating most especially, the
money left behind by my late client before they get confiscated or declared
unserviceable by the bank where this deposit is lodged, valued at 12 million
dollars, which has issued me a notice to provide the Next of kin to my late
client, or have the account confiscated. Since there is a government
Gazette/circular mandating/authorizing banks to place on hold or freeze Any
account containing huge sums of money that has been unserviceable for a
reasonable period of time. This is geared towards forestalling capital
flight from the economy.

My proposition to you, is to seek your consent to present you as the Next of
kin and beneficiary of my named client, since you have the same last name
and he is also from your country so that the proceeds of his account valued
at 12 million dollars can be paid to you, and then we can share the amount
on a mutually agreed percentage.35% will be for you,55% for me and 10% set
aside for any expenses during the course of this transaction.

All legal documents to back up your claim, as the deceased Next of Kin will
be provided. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this
transaction through. This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law .If you are interested
please do forward to this office the following.

1 YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS
2 YOUR AGE
3 PHONES AND FAX.

If this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my apology
but if not, then contact me at once to indicate your interest, By giving me
your telephone number so that i can contact you. You can reach me on my
private mail box (kennethmooree@uku.co.uk)

Best regards,
Barrister kenneth moore.



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