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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 Dean Harry" <>
Date: Sun, 9 Aug 2009 15:12:40 -0300 (BRT)
Subject: Execution Of Krugger's Estates

Address:33 Bedford Row
London WC1R 4JH,England.

Tel: +44 702 401 0513
+44 702 409 9921
+44 702 409 8949


I wish to notify you that late Engr. Jurgen Krugger made you a
beneficiary to his WILL. He left the sum of Thirty Million, One Hundred
Thousand Dollars (USD$30,100.000.00) to you in the Codicil and last
testament to his WILL.This may sound strange and unbelievable to you, but
it is real and true. Being a widely traveled man, he must have been in
contact with you in the past or simply you were nominated to him by one of
his numerous friends abroad who wished you good.

Note: You are advise to contact your attorney(Barrister Dean Harry) via
email address below:

Call upon the reciept of this mail: Tel: +44 702 409 8949

Your in service,
PRINCIPAL PARTNERS:Barrister Aidan Walsh Esq Markus Wolfgang,Mr.John
Marvey Esq, Mr. Jerry Smith Esq.

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