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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: Charles Brown <cbrown0000s@yahoo.co.uk>
Reply-To: officechamber@universal.pt
Date: Wed, 2 May 2007 12:55:55 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Reply







Hello,

I am Mr. Charles Brown, A Canadian Attorney based in Manchester, United Kingdom the personal attorney Late Mr. Mark Michelle a citizen of France. Late Mr. Mark Michelle was a private oil consultant/ contractor with the Shell Petroleum Development Company in Saudi Arabia before his death, hereinafter shall be referred to as my client.

Unfortunate, my client with his wife and three children lost their life in plane
clash in 2003. My several attempts to locate any of his relatives as directed
by his Bank became void. I had make enquires with his country Embassy and non of his relatives have been traced it my interest you to know that my client died "in testate".

PROPOSITION:
I decided to contact you purely on the personal conviction of trust and confidence that we can co-operate with each other and do a very lucrative business for our mutual benefits. I want you to give me the needed assistance by allowing me to present you as the next of kin to the deceased and the beneficiary to his estate. The deceased had a deposit valued presently at his account(GBP45,800,000.00 ) and his Bank has issued me a notice to provide his next of kin or beneficiary by will, otherwise the account would be confiscated.

Already, i have marked out modalities for achieving my aim of appointing a next of kin as well as transfer the money out of this country, for us to share the money in the ratio of 53% for me and 35% to you, The 2% of the fund will serve as reimbursement of expenses both local and international any of us will make in the course of this transaction. While we shall collectively donate the remaining balance of 10% to Tsunami Relief Organizations.

It is my intention to achieve this transfer in a legitimate way, all i required is your honest co-operation, confidentiality and trust to enable us see this transaction through. This is a very legal business that I am very sure of its success and is absolutely risk free.

If this proposal is acceptable to you, kindly email following information to me;
1. Private telephone number and fax number.
2. Your residential address.
3. Identification / occupation.

Further details await you upon a positive response from you.

Yours faithfully,

Bar. Charles Brown








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