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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: Rev Father Eric Fred <>
Date: Thu, 17 May 2007 15:03:05 +0100 (BST)
Subject: Greeting From Parish Preist...........Reply Ugently.

Christ The King Catholic Church.
Address: Inl. 170 LiverPool ,
London England United Kingdom.
Dearest in Christ ,

I am Fr.Eric Fred,trustee to the Will of the late ENGR WILLY BUBENIK.I have instructions from the trustess to contact you for the notice of bequest from Late ENGR.WILLY BUBENIK. I write to notify you that he made you a beneficiary to the bequest sum of Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand Pounds Sterling(£850,000.00) in the codicil to his will and last testament.

Late ENGR. WILLY BUBENIK. died on 29th Frbruary 2006 after a brief illness at the age of 82. The late ENGR WILLY BUBENIK until his death was Chairman of churchgate Group, a member of several non-governmental organisations and he was also great philanthropist. He was a very dedicated Christain,a Pilgrim and Benefactor who lived a life of Charity.

This bequest is for support of your Christain activities,humanitarian sevices and help to the less-privelleged and poor.Please i request that you immediately contact the attorney/executor to this will with your Current Address,Telephone and Fax numbers for easy communication from the executors.

At the receipt of your reply ,I shall communicate the attorney to contact you with further procedures to enable release of the bequest to you as bonafide beneficiary Please acknowledge the receipt of this letter.

Looking forward to hearing from you as a matter of urgency AND Reply this mail to for your response.

Yours in his Service,

Fr.Eric Fred,
Parish Preist.

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