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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: "BARRISTER WILLIAMS" <barrister_wpowell@excite.com>
Reply-To: barrister_williamspowell@yahoo.com.hk
Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 11:33:15 -0500 (EST)
Subject: :INQUIRY










WILLIAMS POWELL &amp; ASSOCIATESLondon office: 45-51 Whitfield Street, LONDON, W1T 4HB, UKDear ,My name is Barrister Williams Powell of WILLIAMS POWELL &amp; CO in London, a senior Advocate of Law and a personal solicitor to Mr. Boris Mikhail Khodorkovsky,The arrested Chairman/ CEO of Yukos Oil and Bank Menatep SPB in Russia who is presently in jail.I have the documents of a large amount of funds which he handed over to me before he was detained and tried in Russia for financing political parties (the Union of Right Forces, led by Boris Nemtsov and Yabloko, a Liberal/ Social Democratic Party led by Gregory Yavlinsky) opposed to the Government of Mr.Vladmir Putin, the current President of Russia, thereby leading to the freezing of his finances and assets.You can read more about his ordeal from the following
sites:Http://www.supportmbk.comHttp://newsfromrussia.com/main/2005/03/29/58914.htmlHttp://news.ft.com/cms/4bb9612a-d254-11d8-b661-00000e2511c8.htmlHttp://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/3213505.stmHttp://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/3042850.stmAfter searching through the books of your Country's Chambers of Commerce and Industries, I am contacting you to assist me to Re-profile the funds and equally invest same on his behalf. The total amount of funds to be re-profiled is Forty Six Million United State Dollars (USD$46,000,000.00) and you will be paid 20% for your Management Fees.This is a legitimate transaction. If you are interested, please write back by mail and provide me with your confidential Following:1. Name in full.........................................................2. Address..............................................................3. Nationality..........................................................4.
Age.....................................................................5. Occupation..........................................................6. Phone/Fax..........................................................7. Present Country...................................................Please keep this very confidential; we can't afford more political Problems. Finally, please note that this must be concluded within two weeks. Please write back promptly. Write me back through this personal email address (barrister_williamspowell@yahoo.com.hk) I look forward to it.I will send you the necessary details and relevant documents.Yours Sincerely,Barrister Williams PowellRICHARD HOWARD &amp; CO.T: 44.705.380.1098F: 44.871.211.1968Email:barrister_williamspowell@yahoo.com.hkI hope to hear from you in no distant time.



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