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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: JOHNSON WINGOBET <johnsonwingobett@yahoo.es>
Reply-To: johnson_wingobet@yahoo.es
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 14:04:23 +0100 (CET)
Subject: RE: EQUITY LAW FIRM S.A


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EQUITY LAW FIRM S.A
Solicitor And Investigation Agents
C/ Mayor 6B 42007 Zaragoza =96 Espa=F1a=20
=20
Dear Sir/Madam
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I am Barrister Johnson Wingobet of Equity Law Firm Zaragoza-Spain the leg=
al attorney to late Martin Lake and his wife who used to work with Gomez =
& Co Realtors.My late clients based in the capital city of Spain (Madrid)=
he passed away on along with his wife on 11 March 2004, Madrid train bom=
bings. See this site.(http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/europe/3500452.stm).=20
=20
I now seek your consent to present you to the financial institution as =
the next of kin to my late clients to enable this fund valued of (US$6,50=
0,000.00 MILLION) transferred to your custody as next of kin/Successor.
=20
I look forward to receive a favorable response from you.
=20
Barr Johnson Wingobet

=20
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