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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: "pierri tack" <>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 2006 18:53:04 +0000

PRIVATE TELEPHONE : 00228 924 3113

Dear H.van Bekkum,

I am Barrister Pierri Tack, a solicitor at law,personal attorney to
Mr.J.P.van Bekkum,a national Of your country, who used to work with Shell
Development Company in Republic of Togo. Here in after shall be referred to
as my client. On the 21st of April 2003, my client, his wife and their only
daughter were involved in auto crash along ecowas express road. All
occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost there lives. Since then I have
made several enquiries to your embassy here to locate any of my clients
extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts,I decided to track his last name
over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted
you.I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund valued at
£10.5million left behind by my client before it gets confisicated or
declared unserviceable by the UNION TOGOLISE DU BANQUE LOME TOGO where this
huge amount was deposited. The said Bank has issued me a notice to provide
the next of kin or have his account confisicated within the next twenty one
official working days. Since I have been unsuccesfull in locating the
relatives for over 2years now, I seek the consent to present you as the next
of kin to the deceased since you have the same last names, so that the
proceeds of this account can be paid to you.

Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the
sharing ratio and modalities for transfer.I have all necessary information
and legal documents needed to back you up for claim. All I require from you
is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I
guarantee that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that will
protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch with me through
this email for more details.

Best regards.

Barrister Pierri Tack,esq

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