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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 Gorge" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 15 May 2011 11:38:45 +0100
Subject: Good Day,

Good Day,

Firstly, please accept my apology for sending you this sensitive information via mail
with out meeting you in person. This is due to the urgency and importance of the matter
at hand. The development am about to unfold will be based on Trust, confidentiality and
sincerity of purpose in order to have an acceptable meeting of the minds.
I am fifty two (52) years old established lawyer. My name is Barrister. George Gordillo
Garrigues Esq.,

a legal representative and personal Attorney to an expatriate and a contractor with an
Independent Petroleum, Exploration & Production Oil Company - PERENCO (Now deceased)
He died in the Tsunami disaster on 26th December 2004 while on vacation in Indonesia.

Seven years ago, My Client successfully executed a contract for the Spanish government
worth US$16.5 million dollars. A part payment of USD8.million dollars was paid to my client,
while the balance of USD8.5 million Dollars was still unpaid before my client died in the
Indian Ocean Tsunami disaster. However, all my efforts to locate his next of kin proved
abortive after his demise, He was not married and was 44years old. Late Mr Phillip Karin.

NOW THE CRUX OF THIS LETTER is that the government of Spain is fully paying all foreign
contractors who have successfully executed their contracts and my client is among those to
benefit in this first quarter payment schedule, which has already been deposited with his
bank. As his personal Attorney/Adviser, his bank has officially notified and instructed me
to forward particulars of my client's next of kin within the next 14 official working days
so that he/she can be paid the outstanding USD8.5 Million dollars otherwise his fund will
be diverted to the government coffers account as unclaimed bill.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating any of his relatives, I decided to contact you
for a deal so that we can work together as a team to remit the money to your account as my
client next of kin since I do not want to seat and watch my client hard earned entitlement to
go astray, it will be easy for us to achieve because you are of the same country like him.
Although I know that a transaction of this magnitude might make anyone apprehensive but I
would like to assure you that I am proposing this project to you with the best of intensions.
As an Attorney, I have the power to secure all the necessary legal documents that will be
used for this claim.

All I require from you is your honest co-operation to enable us see this deal through.
I guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a Legitimate banking arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of law. Upon successful conclusion of this project,
you will be compensated with 50% of the total fund, while 50% will be for me.

If you are interested to work with me in this deal, kindly reply strictly to my personnel
Email. and also give a call to my direct telephone
number:+34-672-877-516 Email: as above or you can equally send a f
ax with your personal Telephone /fax number for effective communication and oral clarification
on how to proceed next.

Kindest Regards,

Barrister.George Gordillo Garrigues Esq


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