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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!

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Fraud email example:

From: "Rev.Father clive john" <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 09:04:22 +0100 (BST)
Subject: WILL of Late Dr.Paul Wilson Brand

St Mary's Parish
264 Fulham Road
Kensington London,
SW10 9EL United


Sequel to the email sent to you by Mr. Paul Bennette
Solicitor, which was returned as undelivered mail, I
hereby contact you again on behalf of the trustees and
executor of WILL of Late Dr.Paul Wilson Brand. I write
to notify you that he made you a beneficiary to the
bequest sum of Eight Hundred and Fifty Thousand U.S
Dollars (US$850,000.00) in the codicil to his WILL and
last testament.

Late Dr.Paul Brand a renowned hand surgeon and leprosy
specialist died from complications related to a
subdural haematoma on the on 8th July 2003 at the age
of 89years.The late Dr Paul Brand until his death was
a great Philanthropist and humanitarian that he was
honoured by Queen Elizabeth II with a CBE (Commander
of the British Empire) for outstanding contributions,
a member of several non-governmental organizations and
held many honors hunterian Professor of the Royal
College of Surgeons in 1952,Albert Lasker Award for
outstanding leadership and service in the field of
rehabilitation in 1960,serving as Medical Consultant
and then International President of the Leprosy
Mission, from 1992-1999 e.t.c.

Late Dr.Paul Brand’s Christian faith inspired and
maintained his service. Always a Christian gentleman,
his humble yet passionate approach to both care and
teaching inspired many. He was a dedicated Christian.
This bequest is for support of your activities in
helping the less privileged and continue your good
works amongst Christians. You are required to contact
the executor of the WILL of Late Dr. Paul Brand, Mr.
Paul Bennette (Esq.), so that he will inform you on
the necessary procedure for your claim of this bequest

You are advice to send your photocopy of your
identification such as your id or drivers licence and
your current address and your telephone/fax numbers
for easy communication. Contact the Attorney who is
the executor of this WILL through his email address

Paul Bennette, Solicitor
19a Alexandra Road Hemel
Hempstead HP2 5BS
United Kingdom.

Remain blessed
Rev.Fr.Clive John

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