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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: "barrister g.anderson" <>
Date: Mon, 6 Nov 2006 01:59:58 +0000 (GMT)

Barr.George Anderson.
115,gateway crescent

My dear,

I am Barrister GEORGE ANDERSON, a solicitor at law, personal attorney to late Mr.P.B.WILSON, a national Of your country,who used to work with Shell Development Company and a diamond dealer here in London.

Here in after shall be referred to as my client.On the 26th of December
2004, my client, his wife and their only daughter were involved in the
natural disaster[Tsunami disaster]which took away the lives of thousands of
people in Thailand,he died with all members of his family,his wife and only

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 seek for a partner over the Internet from the same country,hence i can not claim this money without the assistance of some one else to be used for the claim.

I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund valued at US$9.5
million left behind by my client before it gets confisicated or declared
unserviceable by the Security/Finance company where this huge amount were deposited,hence you are from the same country with my late client.

The said Security/Finance Company 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,so that the proceeds of this consignment can be release 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 and I as his lawyer will personally present you as the next of kin.

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.

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