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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:
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "barrister" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a next of kin scam.
- Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.
Fraud email example:
From: "ANDERSON JOSEPH & ASSOCIATES LAW FIRME" <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, 09 Aug 2010 21:12:35 +0100
Subject: Testament of WILL
ANDERSON JOSEPH & ASSOCIATES LAW FIRME
17-18 Rex House Regent Street London
SW1Y 4PE,United Kingdom
NOTIFICATION OF BEQUEST
On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Engr.David
Peet I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter was returned
undelivered. I hereby attempt to reach you again by this same email
address stated on the WILL. I wish to notify you that late Engr. David
Peet made you a beneficiary to his WILL. He left the sum of Seven Million
One Hundred Thousand Dollars (USD$7, 100.000.00 ) to you in the codicil
and last testament to his WILL.
Engr. David Peet until his death was a member of the Helicopter Society
and the Institute of Electronic & Electrical Engineers. He was a very
dedicated Christian who loved to be involved in charitable projects. His
great philanthropy earned him numerous awards during his life time.
Late Engr. David Peet died on the 13th day of February, 2006 at the age of
70 years, and his WILL is now ready for execution.According to him this
money is to support your humanitarian activities and to help the poor and
the needy in our society.
Please if I reach you this time as I am hopeful, endeavor to get back to
me as soon as possible to enable me conclude my job.
I hope to hear from you in no distant time. Reply to my private email
Yours in Service,
Barrister Anderson J.Maxwell Esq.