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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: "duke campbell" <>
Date: Wed, 28 Sep 2005 04:49:18 -0700

Duke campbell & Associates
13 Dale House
London SE16 2PT
United Kingdom

I am Barrister Duke campbell an attorney to John Pedro, a deceased
immigrant. Property magnate,an American who was based in the London, Also
referred to as my client.On the 6th of July 2005, my client, his wife and
their only Child died in the train bomb blast along Edgware road Uk.

Since then I have been managing his properties here in the U.K. and some of
his properties, which he put out for sale. which I monitored the payment as
his attorney, has been bought and paid for. Now the money paid was deposited
into his Local account here. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating
the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated
or declared unserviceable by his bank particularly, the bank has issued me a
notice to provide any of his next of kin or have the account confiscated
within a short time.My late client has an account valued at 18 Million

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for some time now
and days, and with the bank giving me deadline, I now seek your consent to
present you as the next of kin of the deceased, so that the proceeds of this
account valued at 18 Million Pounds can be paid to you And then you and I
can share the money. 50% to me and 40% for you and 10% for miscellaneous
expenses that might arise. I have all necessary information/ document that
can be used to back up any Claim we may make.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us seeing this deal
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will Protect you from any breach of the law. Trust me, as
his attorney, this is a Risk free business relationship.

Please get in touch with me by my email And send me your full names and
address, telephone and fax numbers to enable us discuss further.

Best Regards,

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