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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: David Kenneth <>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 13:46:19 +0200

This e-mail message is from the law firm of Equity Chambers & Solicitors London. Equity Chambers Barristers & Solicitors is for the sole use of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and privileged information. Any review,use, distribution or disclosure by others is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient (or authorized to  receive for the recipient), please contact the sender by reply email and delete all copies of this message.

I am Barrister David Kenneth, solicitor and personal attorney to Joyce Lake and her husband Ronald Lake who use to work with Frank Howard Allen Realtors and L’Oreal USA, i, attorney David Kenneth of Equity Chambers & Solicitors London do hereby seek your consent on behalf of my late client Mrs.Joyce Lake, i made you a beneficiary in the 3 item of the codicil to his WILL to present you as the beneficiary to his estate which worth with shares and dividends of £10.4, Million British Pounds that was deposited with the Management of Abbey National Bank London Plc.
My late client died in a a Plane Crash with her husband and only son who were the only beneficiaries to her estates  On the 31st of January 2000, my client and her husband were involved in a Plane Crash (Alaska Airlines Flight 261) all passengers unfortunately lost their lives, since then i have made several inquiries to locate any of my client's extended relatives but this proved unsuccessful.You can read more about there death on this website below:

Until her death She was consultant to several oil and gas industries.She had a sojourn in the United States( in Corte Madera, California) and so many other countries before she came to Cairn Energy PLC oil and gas exploration and Production Company based in the United Kingdom and Australia. She belonged to several non-governmental and scientific organizations. She was also a great philanthropist and a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Club International.
After all these several unsuccessful attempts, since it's not compulsory that the next-of-kin must be a blood relation to the deceased, hence I contacted you, be informed that a next-of-kin can be anybody, friends or organization. Presently, the bank where the deceased (my client) made the deposit valued at £10.4 million British pounds issued me a notice to provide the next-of-kin to my client to receive its benefit or have the account confiscated, so I have contacted you to assist me in repatriating this benefit left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank.

To this effect, I now seek your consent to present you to the bank as the next of kin of the deceased (my Client) so that the proceeds of this deposit valued at £10.4 million British pounds can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money; 50% to me and 40% to you, while 10% should be given to any Orphanage Home.Please you are not compelled to proceed with me because I require someone that is highly responsible and trust worthy.I will not release every information regarding this matter until I hear back from you. Then if I am satisfied I will detail you with every information regarding this transaction.
On accordance to our Inheritance laws over here, the estates of any death British citizens are been processed and transferred to the beneficiaries of the said estates within the quarterly period or range in which the estate was deposited and on that notice, I was mandated by the Bank to provide the beneficiary (YOU) within the Next seven official working days or have the total sum rendered unserviceable and declared unclaimed. All the inheritance sums for this quarter has been processed and approved for transfer and my clients name happened to be in the Batch 031NBIHT they bank is transferring their inheritance to the beneficiaries this quarter that will end soonest.
To that effect I official seek your consent as the beneficiary to this estate to present you to the bank and apply so that her entitlements will be transferred over to you through the said legal process. In accordance with our inheritance laws you are required to apply for claims through this law firm to Abbey National Bank London Plc., United Kingdom, where this fund was deposited. We are perfecting arrangements to complete the transfer of this inheritance to you. And it does not require much  engagement as the bank are taking care of this transaction in full capacity.
All I require from you is your maximum support and honest co-operation to enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the British laws. This inheritance is to support your activities, humanitarian services and help to the less-privileged in the society.
You are required to forward the following details of yours: full names,address, occupation, age and phone for verification and re-confirmation to avoid misdirecting of the funds to you. Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter immediately. Congratulations.
As the case may be, I have to stand by your side as your Personal Attorney and the executor of the will and last testament of my client, to make sure that this fund gets to you soonest. I hope you will not delay in this transaction because I don't want this transaction to last more than five official working days and you have this fund in your custody.Get back to me immediately in other to enable me know my next line of actions.
However,Contact me via my private email address for effective and fast communication relating this transaction:

Yours Sincerely,
David Kenneth (Esq.)

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