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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: "Mr Charles" <>
Date: Mon, 7 Jul 2008 23:41:23 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend.

Dear Friend.
I am Barrister.William Charles, a Solicitor and an Attorney at Law ,I am the

Attorney to one foreign Oil Consultant,Mr.Brian Lloyd Smith ,who used to
work with a

Multi-BILLION Dollars oil Firm in Ilse of Man,UK.

Herein after shall be referred to as my client, On Sept 11, 2001,my
client,his wife, and

their three children were involved in the September 11 bomb attack in
USA,Since then I have

made several inquiries to locate any of my clients extended Relatives, this
has also proved


After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to contact you to
assist in receiving

the money left behind, by my client before the MONEY Get confiscated or

unserviceable by the bank where this huge deposits were lodged,
particularly the (BARCLEYS

BANK LONDON). where the deceased had an account valued at about ($Thirteen
million USD

$13,000,000.00) has Issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have
the account

confiscated within the next 14 official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over four years
now I seek your

consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased so that the
proceeds of this

account valued at ($13 million USD) can be paid into your account and then
you and me Can

share the money.50% to me and 40% for you, 10% for all our expences.All I
require is your

honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through.I guarantee that this
will be executed

under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the
law and I Know

that this fund will arrives your account in latest 10 banking days from the
date of the

receipt of the following informations:

(1),Your full name and address:
(2), Age and occupation:
(3), Marital status:
(4), Your private telephone numbers.

The above informations will enable me apply for payment into any of your
norminated bank


Please get in touch with me by this CONTACT Email:(

N.B.Please get in touch with me by this CONTACT Email:(

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