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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: brian casey <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 May 2009 01:29:35 +0000

Dear Friend,
First of all I want you to Know that this is not a scam mail.Because based on what is going on all over
the internet world, people find it very difficult to believe things like this.If you can garantee me from
your side your trust and honesty I will be able to work with you.I will appreciate if you can come down
your self and see things for your self before we proceed and this will make things clearer for you.

To Prove my sincerity, you are not sending any money to me. I will cover the expenses down here before the
consignment will leave for your country.

I am Brian Casey, a barrister at law. I am the personal attorney/sole executor to the WILL of a late
client who worked as an independent oil Business magnate in my country and who died in a car
crash with his immediate family on the 5th of Nov 2004. Since the death of my client in Nov, 2004,I have
written several letters to the embassy with an intent to locate any of his extended relatives who are
beneficiaries of his abandoned Funds and all such efforts have been to no avail.

After the transaction has been accomplished 40% will be for the person involved, 10% for Charity work and
the remaining 50% for me. Please if you feel interested, I crave your indulgence to please contact
me through this my email address. As I have said earlier, I want you know that this is the present
situation now and do not take this as a scam mail, all I need is your help and support so that we can both
carry out this project.

I have decided to contact you so that we can talk and see how we can both put heads together and achieve
good result.

On this note, I wish to present you to the finance company, as the surviving relative to the deceased so
that we can put in claims for payment with your name as the sole beneficiary of the Will.

I will apprecaite if you can send me the following,
1.Your Full Names:
2.Your current Mobile telephone and fax numbers:
3.Your age:


5.Your Current address:

This will enable me file necessary documents at our High Court Probate Division for the release of
sum of money in your favour.

I intend to invest my shares in your country under your management in any viable business venture.
I will send you more details as soon as I hear from you.
Yours faithfully
Brian Casey



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