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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: "Barr. Muhammad Halim Shafiq" <> (may be fake)
Date: Wed, 8 Nov 2006 00:54:26 +0800
Subject: Please Your Reply Is Welcome


It may surprise you receiving this letter from me since there was no previous
correspondence between us. I am Muhammad Halim Shafiq a personal
Attorney to Late Mr. Williams A. Hopkin, who was hereinafter called my client.

My purpose of contacting you is for you to help secure the funds left behind by
my late client, to avoid it being confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank.
Where this fund valued ($US 4,600,000.00) Four Million Six Hundred Thousand
United States Dollars deposited by my client before his death.

This Bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin or the account will
be declared unserviceable and the fund diverted to the Bank treasury, So far all
my efforts to get a hold of someone related to my late client has proved abortive.
Hence, I have contacted you.

I am actually asking for your consent to present you to the Bank as the Next of Kin/
beneficiary of my late client's fund, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid
to your account, then we can share the fund on a mutually agreed based on percentage.

All the legal documentations to back up your claim as my client's Next of Kin shall
be provided. All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us achieve this

The intended transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will
protect you from any infraction of the law. However, if this business proposition offends
your moral ethics, do accept my sincere apology. If on the contrary you wish to achieve
this goal with me, kindly get back to me with your interest via this email address
( ) for further explanation.


Barr. Muhammad Halim Shafiq
(LLB Hons.)

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