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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: "John Larry" <johnlarry@gala.net>
Reply-To: johnlarry58@yahoo.com
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 13:51:24 +0100
Subject: WITH DUE RESPECT..............


*FROM THE DESK OF BARRISTER JOHN LARRY*
*LARRY & CO (LEGAL PRACTITIONERS) ESQ.*
*LLB, LLM, BL, SAN*
*SENIOR ADVOCATE, INTERNATIONAL LEGAL PRACTITIONER*
*LARRY'S CHAMBERS & FINANCIAL ATTORNEY*
*#16 AKINTOLA WILLIAM STR.IKEJA LAGOS-NIGERIA*
*E-MAIL: larrychamber58@yahoo.com<http://us.mc303.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=larrychamber58@yahoo.com>
*
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**
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*ATTN: Sir/Madam *

**
*I KNOW THAT THIS MAIL WILL COME TO YOU AS A SURPRISE, PLEASE ACCEPT THE
CONTENT IN GOOD FAITH. I DO NOT INTEND TO CAUSE ANY GRIEF TO YOU AND OUR
FAMILY. THE REASON FOR SENDING THIS MAIL IS VERY FUNDAMENTAL TO THE DOCTRINE
OF HUMAN PRIVILEGES AND RIGHT.*
**
* *
*I AM A LAWYER. I AM THE PERSONAL ATTORNEY TO LATE MR.KENNETH BILL, A
NATIONAL OF YOUR COUNTRY, WHO USED TO WORK AS A CONTRACTOR WITH CRYSTAL
CONSTRUCTION COMPANY INC.,HEREIN AFTER SHALL BE REFERRED TO AS MY CLIENT. *
* *
**
*ON THE 21ST OF APRIL 2002, MY CLIENT, HIS WIFE AND THEIR THREE CHILDREN
WERE INVOLVED IN A CAR ACCIDENT ALONG SAGAMU EXPRESS ROAD. ALL OCCUPANTS OF
THE VEHICLE UNFORTUNATELY LOST THEIR LIVES. SINCE THEN I HAVE MADE SEVERAL
ENQUIRIES TO YOUR EMBASSY TO LOCATE ANY OF MY CLIENTS EXTENDED RELATIVES AND
THIS HAS ALSO PROVED UNSUCCESSFUL. AFTER THESE SEVERAL UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS
TO LOCATE ANY MEMBER OF HIS FAMILY, HENCE I CONTACTED YOU. I AM CONTACTING
YOU TO ASSIST IN REPATRIATING THE MONEY AND PROPERTY LEFT BEHIND BY MY
CLIENT BEFORE THEY GET CONFISCATED OR DECLARED UNSERVICEABLE BY THE
FINANCIAL FIRM WHERE THIS HUGE DEPOSIT WERE LODGED. PARTICULARLY, THE
FINANCIAL FIRM WHERE THE DECEASED DEPOSITED THE VALUED ABOVE (TEN MILLION
UNITED STATE DOLLARS) HAS ISSUED ME A NOTICE TO PROVIDE THE NEXT OF KIN OR
HAVE THE ACCOUNT CONFISCATED AND THE FUNDS RETURNED TO THE GOVERNMENT.*
* *
**
*SINCE I HAVE BEEN UNSUCCESSFUL IN LOCATING THE RELATIVES FOR OVER TWO YEARS
NOW I SEEK YOUR CONSENT TO PRESENT YOU AS THE NEXT OF KIN OF SO THAT THE
PROCEEDS OF THIS ACCOUNT VALUED ABOVE (TEN MILLION UNITED STATE DOLLARS) CAN
BE PAID TO YOU AND THEN YOU AND I CAN SHARE THE MONEY, 60% TO ME AND 40% TO
YOU. I HAVE ALL THE NECESSARY LEGAL DOCUMENTS THAT CAN BE USED TO BACK UP
ANY CLAIM WE MAY MAKE. ALL I REQUIRE IS YOUR HONEST COOPERATION TO ENABLE US
SEE THIS DEAL THROUGH. I GUARANTEE THAT THIS WILL BE EXECUTED UNDER A
LEGITIMATE ARRANGEMENT THAT WILL PROTECT YOU FROM ANY BREACH OF THE LAW.*
* *
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*PLEASE GET IN TOUCH WITH ME BY MY E-MAIL ADDRESS AND SEND TO ME YOUR *
*TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBERS TO ENABLE US DISCUSS FURTHER ABOUT THIS *
*TRANSACTION.*
* *
**
*I EXPECT YOUR URGENT RESPONSE INDICATING YOUR FULL INTEREST IN THIS GREAT
BUSINESS TO OUR BOTH MUTUAL TRUST.*
* *
**
*YOUR TELEPHONE AND FAX NUMBER WILL BE NEEDED FOR OUR EASY COMMUNICATION.*
* *
**
*PLEASE CONTACT ME VIA MY PRIVATE E-MAIL ADDRESS:
larrychamber58@yahoo.com<http://us.mc303.mail.yahoo.com/mc/compose?to=larrychamber58@yahoo.com>
*
* *
*BEST REGARDS, *
* *
*BARRISTER JOHN LARRY,*
*LLB, LLM, BL,SAN*
*ATTORNEY AT LAW.*

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