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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: Malcolm Light <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 07:16:50 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Sir,
Re- Estate Beneficiary
Sequel to your non response of our earlier letter to you on behalf of the Trustees and Executors of the Estate of our late client We wish to notify you that you have been subscribed as the beneficiary to the total sum of £9,900,000.00GBP (Nine million Nine Hundred thousand British Pounds) representing the pecuniary estate of the said deceased.

He died on 9th January 2005 at the age of 68.He was buried on the 3rd of February. We reckoned that you can receive this fund; as you are qualified via your name identity. All the legal papers will be processed upon your response.

In your acceptance of this deal, we request that you kindly forward any proof of identity of yours, your current telephone and fax numbers and forwarding address to enable us file necessary documents at Probate Registry, for the release of this sum of money to you.
Kindly write me on this
Yours Faithfully
Malcolm Light.
Malcolm Law Chambers.

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