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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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Fraud email example:

From: wbsbo <>
Date: Mon, 6 Dec 2004 12:37:21 -0000
Subject: please respond

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am Barrister Lister Rimmer an attorney at law. A deceased client of mine, by name Mr. Bob Mason, who
here in after shall be referred to as my client,died as a result of Cancer here in London.

I am contacting you to assist me in ensuring that the funds lodged by my client with a Clearinghouse/
Bank overseas,his bank, is not to decleare unclaimed hence my reason for this contact to you.This bank
has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the goverment will take over the funds and acts as

My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the next-of-kin and beneficiary of my late
client,so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you,Then we can share the amount on a
mutually agreed-upon percentage.

All legal documents to back up your claim as my client's next-of-kin will be provided. All I require is your
cooperation to enable us see this transaction through successful completion.

This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law. If
this business proposition offends your moral values,do accept my apology.Please contact me at once to
indicate your interest.

However if you are willing to assist me in this venture,i will need your telephone number for a verbal
communication and bring you into a much more better picture of the situation.

Please contact me with the email addresses below:

Best Regards,

Lister Rimmer

One New Change



United Kingdom


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