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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 David Benson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 23 Jul 2011 23:11:46 -0700

                                   Funds Law Solicitors Chambers
Dear Partner,
I am David Benson of Funds Claim Solicitors and David Benson Law firm respectively. I the Attorney to
Mr James Onanefe Ibori, a former governor of Delta State of Nigeria, who is presently facing a Financial
crime offence with the Economic and Financial Crime commission of Nigeria. I am contacting you for a
representation in assisting my client to claim and keep under your custody the sum of USD15.8M
which he deposited with a finance company. We have agreed to pay you 30% of the money.
Please get back to me for further details with the following informations:
Full Names:
Contact Address:
Telephone number:
Fax number:
Note: This is a serious business and you do not have to respond to me if you are not ready to work
with me.
Thanks for your acceptance!
Barrister David Benson.

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