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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: "jonathan wright" <>
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 14:29:28 +0300

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Barrister Jonathan Wright,an attorney at Law and a Uk based legal
practicioner.I am the personal attorney to Mr.Boris Schmidt,a national of
Germany who was an oilfield contractor in the middle east.

On the 20th of June 2002,my client Mr.Boris Schmidt,his wife and their two
Children were involved in a fatal car accident here in the United Kingdom.All
occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives. Since then I have
made several inquiries to German Embassy to locate any of my client's extended
relatives but this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts,i have contacted you to assist in
repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get
confiscated or declared unserviceable by the security company where this huge
deposits were lodged.

Particularly,the private finance &amp; security company where the deceased had
deposited about US$28.5M (Twenty Eight Million Five Hundred Thousand United
States Dollars)has issued me a notice to provide the Next of Kin immediately
or have the funds confiscated.

Since i have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 8 months
now,i seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so
that the proceeds of this account valued at US$28.5M can be paid to you and
then we can share the money.All necessary legal documents will be in place
that can be used to back up any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest co-operation and transparency to enable us see
this deal through.I can guarantee that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.You
can contact me on my private email:, for more

Once I have your consent and trust then we can proceed into details
immediately.Kindly include your contact telephone and fax numbers for faster
communication. Your anticipated response is urgently needed so as to stop
further contacts.

Kind Regards,


TEL : + 44 7045728654

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