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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: "Barr. Patrick Newton" <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 06:01:09 +0200

From The Desk Of : Barrister Patrick Newton
London United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 70 111 53020


I make this appeal with the understanding that any fact or opinion
expressed by me are give in confidence and solely for your own information and use.
I am Barrister Patrick Newton, the Personal Attorney to Mr. Morris
Thompson (a 61 years old, of Fairbanks, Alaska) until his death My client Mr.Morris Thompson died with his entire
family(Wife and only Daughter) in a plane crash of Alaska Airlines Flight number 261
which crashed on 31 January, 2000.You shall read more about the crash on
visiting this web page site

My Client, Mr. Morris Thompson an American and great
industrialist and a resident of Alaska, before his death had a
deposit of US$10M,(Ten Million US Dollars) in a
Security and Investment Finance Firm in Europe which he had proposed to be used in a new line of
business (Oil & Gas - Crude oil). All the documents for this deposit was given to me
to be kept as his Attorney, and after his death i have been seeking to
find his relative or next of kin for the claim of this huge amount to no
avail as he died with his only Daughter.

The Security Company has decided to confiscate this funds and have it
transferred to their treasury as an "unclaimed funds" In this light i am
contacting you to assist in presenting you as the Next of Kin/ Relative of this
my Client and all the documents will be presented to the Security and
Finance Company in your name as the Next of Kin. All further documents will also
be procured in your name according to the laws of England and Wales.

You have to follow the instruction which I will send to you as the next
of kin or relation to the deceased for safety and subsequent disbursement
since nobody is coming for it and I don't want this money to go into
treasury of the Security and Finance Company as unclaimed funds.
The request of foreigner as next of kin in this transaction is
occasioned by the fact that the customer was a foreigner and a Briton (
British Citizen) cannot stand as next of kin to a foreigner. In appreciation of
your assistance, I am offering you 30% of the total sum. 5% for
expenses that may be incurred in this transaction, the remaining remaining
65% is for me.

Send me your following information.

Full name------------------------------

Contact address----------------------------

Phone & Fax numbers-----------------------------


Date of birth--------------------------------------

Company name (if any) -----------------------------------------

Upon receipt of your reply, I will send to you by fax or
email the text of the application which you will complete and forward
to the Security Company asking for this money to be paid to you as the
next of kin to Mr. Morris Thomson. I will not fail to bring to your notice
that this transaction is hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fear as
all required arrangements have been made for the transfer or delivery.
You should contact me immediately as soon as you receive this mail through

the above email.

Ensure that you reply me on the above mentioned email, it is very important that you do so.

Yours Faithfully,
Barrister Patrick Newton

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