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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: Barrister Matthew Baker <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 18 Nov 2007 12:04:18 +0000
Subject: GET BACK TO ME!!!

Dear Friend,I am Barrister Matthew Baker, an attorney at law in London. A deceasedclient of mine, by name Alh. Slamet Hassan died in Banda Aceh inIndonesia with his wife and family as a result of the deadly Tsunami.Please log to this website for more about the am contacting you to help assist me in ensuring that the funds lodgedby my client with a Financial Institution Abroad, the FinancialInstitution did not decleared unclaimed hence my reason for thiscontact to you.The Financial Institution has issued me a notice to contact the next ofkin, or the funds will be confiscated.My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as thenext-of-kin and beneficiary of my late client, so that the proceeds ofthis funds can be paid to you, Then we can share the amount on amutually agreed-upon percentage.All legal documents to back up your claim as my client's next-of-kinwill be provided. All i require is your honest cooperation to enable ussee this transaction through.This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protectyou from any breach of the law. If this business proposition offendsyour moral values, do accept my apology. Please contact me at once toindicate your interest.However if you are willing to assist me in this venture i willestablish a verbal telephone communication with you and bring you intoa much better picture of the situation.Best Regards,Barrister Matthew Baker.3rd Floor,Sunlight House, Quay StreetManchester M3 3JZ
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