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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: "George Powell Jr." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 5 Sep 2010 17:31:10 +0100
Subject: Dear sister/Brother

Dear sister/Brother

I feel comfortably for you to carry out my wishes, you will also keep part of the money for your own personal benefit for helping me achieve my promise to God before I die or after my death, my spirit tells me you are the right person and that was after my deep prayer asking God to give me someone to carry out the promise I have made to help the poor with my last money £4.5M GBP in the bank. I do not want my family members to handle that, because after the day it was declare by a group of doctors that I will not last long before I die, I told my family members to close one of my accounts and give the money to the poor people and churches but they refused and kept the money to themselves maybe waiting for me to die, because medical experts has confirm that my life is not guaranteed, I do not trust my family any more as they seems not ok with all I have left for them. My dear you are to distribute half of the fund to the poor/needy or possible to any charity organization no ma!
tter how small it reaches them, Go

Send me your direct telephone number so I may call and hear your voice.

You also have to contact my lawyer and furnish him more info to process some papers that may be needed for the
transfer to your account,

Please contact my lawyer by email now and also call him.

Barrister Kelvin Jones

God bless you and your family.
George Powell Jr.

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