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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: "Barrister Francis Gilbert(Esq.)" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 09:13:20 -0700

On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the Estate of Late Scott Kennedy ,I hereby attempt to reach you again. I wish to notify you that late Scott Kennedy made you a beneficiary to his will.He left the sum of twenty three Million two Hundred Thousand Dollars.($23,200,000.00 ) to you  in the codicil and last testament to his will.
This may sound strange and  unbelievable to you, but  it is real and true. Late Scott Kennedy until his death was a very dedicated  Christian who loved to give out.
His great philanthropy  earned him numerous awards during his life time, Late  Scott Kennedy died at the age of 71 years.According  to him this money is to support your activities and to help the poor and the needy.
Please fill the information below for re-confirmation and more directives
1.Full Name
2.Telephone number
3.Age address/Country
Yours In Service,
Barr.Francis Gilbert(Esq.)

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