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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: Francis <>
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 10:50:56 +0100

MIME-Version: 1.0
Content-Type: text/html
Content-Transfer-Encoding: 8bit
Date: Tue, 20 Feb 2007 10:46:24 +0100 (CET)

From: The desk of
Legal Practioner
Broad Street, Bristol BS1 1DR,
DX: 7822 Bristol,LONDON,

Dear Good Friend.
I am MR.FRANCIS WILLIAMS a Solicitor and an Attorney at Law ,I am the Personal
Attorney to one foreign Oil Consultant,Mr.Brian Lloyd who used to work with a
Multi-BILLION Dollars oil Firm in Ilse of Man, UK. Herein after shall be referred to as
my client, On Sept 11, 2001, my client, his wife, and their three children were involved
in the September 11 bomb attack in USA.

Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any of my clients extended Relatives,
this has also proved unsuccessful.After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to
contact you to assist in receiving the money left behind by my client before the MONEY
Get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were
lodged, particularly the BARCLAYS Bank (PLC) LONDON. where the deceased had an
account valued at about ($Thirteen million USD $13,000,000.00 has Issued me a notice
to provide the next of kin or have the

account confiscated within the next 14 official working days.
Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 4 years now I seek your
consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that the proceeds of this
account valued at ($13 million USD) can be paid into your account and then you and
me Can share the money.60% to me and 40% to you .
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.I guarantee
that this will be
executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the
law and i hope the
fund arrives your account in latest 10 banking days from the date of the receipt of the
following informations:

(1) Your full name
(2) Your full address
(3) Your private telephone and fax numbers
(4) Your company name and address (if any)
(5) Your bank name and address.
The above informations will enable me apply for payment into any of your norminated
bank account. Please get in
touch with me by.
Barrister Frank Williams

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