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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: "Bar. Douglas Zulu," <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 16 Feb 2006 14:17:25 +0100

From: Bar. Douglas Zulu,
Zulu Charmbers (Law Firm)
11 Lanark Square
Glengall Bridge
London E14 9RE
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 702 407 2274
Fax: +44 707 505 5782


Hello Dear,

Sequel to your non response of our earlier letter to you on behalf of the Trustees and Executors to the Will of late Sir Engr.Willy Bubenik (ksm),I wish to notify
\you that you were listed as a beneficiary to the bequest of the sum of US$5,000.000.00 [Five Million US Dollars] in the codicil and last testament of the deceased.

The late Sir Willy Bubenik until his death was a former Managing Director and pioneer staff of a big property and estate firm here in London. He was a very
dedicated Sufis and a great philanthropist during his life time. Late Sir Willy Bubenik died on 9th February 2003 at the age of 68; He was buried on the 23rd of
February. Late Sir Willy Bubenik even though he was an American living and working here as a foreigner requested before his death that he be buried here in
his words, "I regard here as my home and the people as my people". He said that this token is to support your firm and help to the less privileged.

I hereby request you forward any proof of identities of you, your current telephone and fax numbers including your forwarding address to enable us file the
necessary documents at the International Court of Justice Probate Division for the release of this bequest of money to you.

Congratulations !!

Yours faithfully,
Bar. Douglas Zulu

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