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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: "charles.chambersng1" <>
Date: Fri, 20 Jun 2008 11:32:47 -0700
Subject: Claim as Next of Kin

Attention: Sir /Madam,

I am Barrister Charles Gali (Esq) , I am the Personal Attorney to
(Mr.Henry Booman) , a native of your country, who use to work with Jangle
Cement Company here in Nigeria, on the 2nd of Dec. 2006, my client and his
wife ,got involved in a car accident, all occupants of the vehicle
unfortunately lost there lives.

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 trace his relatives
over the Internet, to locate any member of his family but of no avail, hence
I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repartrating the fund
left behind by my late client because the bank have asked me as his lawyer
to produce his next of kin .

Particularly, Bank have given me a notice to provide the next of kin to
claim the contract valued at about US$11 Million Dollars or have the amount
confiscated ,since I have been unsuccessfully in locating the relatives for
over years, now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the
deceased since your a foreigner and have the same surname so that the
proceeds of this account valued at US$11 Million can be paid to you.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this dealt
through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law of your country
and my country too as a professional legal attorney in the field.

Finally,kindly maintain confidentiality between me and you on this
transaction.Kindly get back to me through my private email(

I await your urgent response.

Best Regards,
Barrister Charles Gali (Esq).

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