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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: Mon, 21 Jan 2008 23:00:59 +0500

Dear Friend,
First of all I want you to know that this is not a scam
I am Karl Newe Esq., a solicitor at law. I am the personal
attorney/sole executor to the WILL of late client’ who worked as an
independent oil Business magnate in my country and who died in a car
crash with his immediate family on the 5th of Nov 2004. Since the
death of my client in Nov 2004, I have written several letters to the
embassy with intent to locate any of his extended relatives whom shall
be claimants/beneficiaries of his abandoned Funds and all such efforts
have been to no avail.
On this note, I wish to present you to the finance company, as the
surviving relative to the decease so that we can put in claims for
payment with your name as the beneficiary of the fund. I will
appreciate if you can send me the following,
1.Your Full Names:
2.Your current Mobile phone and fax numbers:
3.Your age:
5.Your Current address:
6.Language spoken:
7.Name of company (if any):
Karl Newe Esq.

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