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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: Mr Luther <>
Date: Wed, 06 Dec 2006 15:15:57 +0100

I wish to accost you with a request that would be of immense benefit to both of us. Being an executor of wills, it is possible that we may be tempted to make fortune out of our client's situations, when we cannot help it, or left with no better option. The issue I am presenting to you is a case of my client who,he and his wife, and their three children were involved in SHARJI plane crash that occured on FEBUARY 10th 2004.
According to the BRITISH law,the fortune is supposed to be bequeathed to the government if unclaimed.However,I don't belong to that school of thought which proposes that the fortune of unlucky people be given to the government.I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they Get confiscated or declared unserviceable,also seeking your acting as the beneficiary of the money,and lay claims legacy of(TWELVE Million,FOUR hundred thousand Dollars) $12.4million,within the next 45 official working days,which this unfortunate client of mine bequeathed to no next-of-kin. For now, I alone know about this money.Everything will be left between you and I to share between us. I would want to takecare of the needy and less privileged,as this is my primary objective. All I have to do is to make you the beneficiary to the (TWELVE million,FOUR hundred thousand dollars)$12.4million legacy.
Again, I feel that you may be apprehensive and consider this amount too big for you to defend. It does not matter,I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law, as there are documents to back it up.
Best Regards and God bless.


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