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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.Raymond Osbite" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 15 Sep 2010 10:29:05 +0200
Subject: Thank you.

Dear Sir/Madam,

I come to you with hope of stopping my endless search for someone honest to confide in. I am Mr. Raymond Osbite an attorney of law with the Mayfair Chambers in London-Uk, I write you for the purpose of a business transaction which I believe might interest you. My client Errol Tahaparij who is a German but Nationalized in Netherland (Holland) and did several business transactions over here in the Uk with different Oil and Gas company based on the nature of his job as a Drilling Contractor died in August 19th 2006 as a result of heart failure.

Two years before his death, he lost his wife to cancer, but was left with (Thirteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) of his deceased wife life insurance as the next of kin. Within two years before my client death he had deposited the said amount in an offshore account with a finance company for safe keeping.

Late Errol deposited this money in total of (Thirteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds) with the company on August 20th 2005 as a fixed deposit for a period of five years and since I am his attorney and also involve in the signing of some relevant documents as his witness in the whole transaction process, the finance company has reached me due to their several unsuccessful attempt to reach Mr. Errol Tahaparij,who unknown to them is dead.I require strict confidence and confidentiality from you to work with me in this business transaction, so reply back or call for more details on my direct telephone number +448715038355

Warm regards,

Barrister Raymond Osbite.

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