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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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Fraud email example:

From: Tanfield And Associates <> (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 03 May 2010 05:01:16 +0800
Subject: Awaiting your urgent response

Barr. David Webb
Tanfield and Associates
(Advocate and Solicitors)
Oakhill House. 130 Tonbridge Road.
Hildenborough. Kent. TN11 9DZ


I am Barr. David Webb of Tanfield & Associates and On behalf of the
Trustees and
Executor of the estate of Late Mr Martin Greenberg, I once again try to notify
you as my earlier letter to you returned undelivered, I hereby attempt
to reach
you again by this same email address on the WILL.

I wish to notify you that Late Mr Martin Greenberg who died with his wife Ms.
Natalie Greenberg on board the EgyptAir Flight 990, which crashed into the
Atlantic Ocean on October 31, made you a Beneficiary to his WILL. He left the
sum of Nine Million Six Hundred and Eighty Three Thousand British Pounds
(£9,683,000.00 GBP) 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, Late Mr
Martin Greenberg may have his reason for this but I assume being a widely
traveled man, he must have been in contact with you in the past or simply you
are related to him or have some form of relationship with him, this is
not ours
to determine rather to contact you and notify you on this will and the funds.

Mr Martin Greenberg until his death was a member of the Helicopter Society and
the Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers. He had a very good
heart and
was a philanthropist. His great philanthropy earned him numerous awards during
his life time i.e. UN, WHO, & UNESCO.

Late Mr Martin Greenberg died on October 31, 1999. At the age of 62years, and
his WILL is now ready for execution. According to him this money is to support
your humanitarian activities and to help the poor and the needy in
your society.

Please if I reach you this time as I am hoping, endeavor to get back to me as
soon as possible to enable me conclude my job. I hope to hear from you in no
distant time.

Yours Faithfully,
Barr. David Webb
Senior Partner
Tanfield and Associates
Tel: +44 7005-931-559
Fax: +44 7005-946-775

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