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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:

Date: Tue, 13 Nov 2007 17:05:09 -0800

Walter Gabriel
Prudent Chambers
Children & Families Law Firm
1-3 Brixton Rd London,
SW9 6DE, United Kingdom

I am Barrister Walter Gabriel personal Attorney to Ronald Lake and Joyce
Lake who used to work with Frank Howard Allen Realtors. On the 31st of January
2000, my client and his wife were involved in a Plane Crash (Alaska Airlines
Flight 261) all passengers unfortunately lost their
lives, since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my clients?
extended relatives but this proved unsuccessful.

You can read more about their death on this website below:

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 because you are from the same country with my late client, Be informed
that a next-of-kin can be anybody,friends or

Presently, the Bank where the deceased (my client) had a Deposit valued
at US$14, 000, 000.00 Million issued me a notice to provide the
next-of-kin to my client to receive its benefit or have the Funds 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 US$14,000,000.00 Million 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.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law.Please get in touch with
me with the below details immediately you acknowledge the good receipt of
this message.

Full Name:

Full Address:

Telephone Number:

Fax Number:

Mobile Number:




Marital Status:

Your prompt response shall be most appreciated

Yours faithfully,

Barr.Walter Gabriel (Esq.)
Principal Partner, (Prudent Chambers London UK.)

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