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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: "JOE" <>
Date: Fri, 9 Mar 2007 14:02:27 -0500 (EST)
Subject: Get back to me

Attn , I am Joe Larry a solicitor and legal practitioner based in United Kingdom. I am the personal attorney to Dr. George Brumley who was a consultant with Shell UK LTD here in London, who shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of July 2003, my client Dr. George Brumley and his family were involved in a fatal plane crash in Nairobi Kenya, East Africa. Unfortunately my client Mr. George and his family lost their lives. Here is the website of the incident that struck on that faithful day. then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients extended relatives and this has proved unsuccessful. After several unsuccessful attempts to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unclaimed by the Financial Institution where this huge deposit were lodged.
Particularly, the finance company where the deceased had the said fund valued at USD10.5 million dollars has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin. Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 3 years, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at $10.5 Million Dollars can be paid to your account abroad, you will have 30% of the money for your role while I will have 60% and 10% for expenses that we may incure in the cause of processing the claim. I have access to all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any 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 a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please kindly get back to me through my email address confidentiality and send to me your telephone and fax numbers to enable us discuss
further about this transaction. Yours sincerely,Joe Larry (Esq.)

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