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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: "Gilson Gray Law Firm" <"test@">
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2016 05:24:56 -0800

From the Desk of: Steven Jansch
Gilson Gray Law Firm
29 Rutland Square, Edinburgh, EH1 2BW
Phone: +44 708 766 08 09


I Steven Jansch, of Gilson Gray Law Firm U.K, Writing you base on partnership venture requested by my client, seeking for a private company or individuals that can manage and invest her funds wisely, she has a huge amount of money in the excess of (?25,000,000)
pounds twenty five millions pounds.

These funds are surpluses of several contracts executed during the years of her reign as the first lady in her country ,she has agreed a 40% reward to the person for his or her standing in as a substitute beneficiary to the claim, an additional 5% is set aside to reimburse
for expenses in the course of the transaction and the balance of 55% will be invested upon your strong recommendation to my client in your chosen destination of the funds, if you are willing to provide this assistance please forward the following information, otherwise
please fell free to decline.

Full Name:



Company name if any:

Telephone Number:

Mobile Number:

There will be a power of attorney issued and signed by my client to you for the claim of the funds in the institution were the funds has been lodge.

We look forward for a good relationship with you.


Steven Jansch.
Partner, Head of Insolvency, Solicitor Advocate

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