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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: "FENNERS LUIS" (may be fake)
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2011 08:31:37 -0800

Will & Probate Solicitors
101 Borough High Street LONDON SE1 1NL
TELEPHONE: + 44-702-4060618

Sir / Madam

I wish to introduce you to a business deal which would be beneficial to both of
us and which has to be kept confidential for the purpose thereof. I am
contacting you because I know that you are capable of handling the deal and I
want to invest my money in your Country.

My name is Barrister Fenners Luis. a Lawyer based in England. I wish to seek
your consent to present you as next of kin to my late client (Kurt Kahle) who
died in the year 2000 leaving behind the sum of GBP 11, 000,000.00 ( Eleven
Million Pounds) in a Bank here in UK and no next of kin to inherit the money.
With your assistance and my professional advice we can get access to the money
because I am his Attorney and all the members of the Family died in the Plane

You can as well confirm this news at the BBC News website:

We shall both share the funds. 55% for me and 40% to you, while 5% should be
for Expenses or your Government may require as Tax. I look forward to your
positive response at your earliest convenience now that the Bank has written me
twice to present his Next of Kin and if possible send along your telephone
number, your correct address and name so I will call to give you further
information For privacy and confidentiality.

Barrister Fenners Luis

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