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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: James Brown <service@snapfish.com>
Reply-To: barr_jbrown@myway.com
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 06:02:29 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: GOOD DAY DEAR:BIKER..




Dear Biker,=20
=20
I am Barrister James Brown, a solicitor at law and a partner in Morgan, Lew=
is & Bockius LLP. I am the personal attorney to Mr. Douglas Biker, an Ameri=
can who used to work with SHELL Oil Producing Company in Britain; Hereinaft=
er shall be referred to as my client.
=20
On the 21st of April 2004, my client, his wife and their only son were invo=
lved in a car accident. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost the=
ir lives. Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy here to =
locate any of my client's extended relatives, this has also proved unsucces=
sful.=20
=20
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name=
over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted yo=
u. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund valued at US$28.=
5 million left behind by my client before it gets Confiscated or declared u=
nserviceable by the bank where this huge amount were deposited. The said=20
bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account =
confiscated within the next fourteen official working days.
=20
For the fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for ov=
er one year now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to t=
he deceased, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you. There=
after, I propose that the funds will be shared in the following ratio:60% f=
or me, 40% for you.
=20
I shall ensure that all relevant information and legal documents that may b=
e needed to actualize this transaction is provided. All I require from you =
is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I gua=
rantee you that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that wil=
l protect you from any breach of the law.
=20
If you are interested, write me back through this email:barr_jbrown@myway.c=
om forwarding your telephone numbers and contact information.
=20
Best Regards. Petro
=20
Barrister James Brown,
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
London, U.K.
Tel: +44704 0114337
Fax: +448701219723.



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James says...

Dear Biker,=20
=20
I am Barrister James Brown, a solicitor at law and a partner in Morgan, Lew=
is & Bockius LLP. I am the personal attorney to Mr. Douglas Biker, an Ameri=
can who used to work with SHELL Oil Producing Company in Britain; Hereinaft=
er shall be referred to as my client.
=20
On the 21st of April 2004, my client, his wife and their only son were invo=
lved in a car accident. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost the=
ir lives. Since then I have made several inquiries to your embassy here to =
locate any of my client's extended relatives, this has also proved unsucces=
sful.=20
=20
After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name=
over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted yo=
u. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the fund valued at US$28.=
5 million left behind by my client before it gets Confiscated or declared u=
nserviceable by the bank where this huge amount were deposited. The said=20
bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account =
confiscated within the next fourteen official working days.
=20
For the fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for ov=
er one year now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to t=
he deceased, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you. There=
after, I propose that the funds will be shared in the following ratio:60% f=
or me, 40% for you.
=20
I shall ensure that all relevant information and legal documents that may b=
e needed to actualize this transaction is provided. All I require from you =
is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through. I gua=
rantee you that this will be executed under legitimate arrangement that wil=
l protect you from any breach of the law.
=20
If you are interested, write me back through this email:barr_jbrown@myway.c=
om forwarding your telephone numbers and contact information.
=20
Best Regards. Petro
=20
Barrister James Brown,
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
London, U.K.
Tel: +44704 0114337
Fax: +448701219723.
=20
=09=09=20

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