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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 Mark Demas" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 6 Aug 2011 22:46:19 -0700
Subject: Dear Rightful Beneficiary. .. .. ..

Mark Demas Chambers & Associates
Phone: +447045710401
Email: -

Dear Rightful Beneficiary.

On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Engr.

Mr. Parish, I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter were returned Undelivered; I hereby attempt to reach you again by this same email Address on the WILL.

I wish to notify you that late Mr. Parish made you a Beneficiary in his WILL, He left the sum of Ten Million Dollars (USD$10,000,000.00) to you in the Codicil and last testament to his WILL

Mr. Parish died on the night of June 30th, 2008, while staying at the hotel after coming from England on a work project. Five colleagues were with him while he was drinking in the hotel bar.

One of those, Simon Turner, said Mr. Parish asked people to race him in drinking pints of Guinness. Later, he had “a cocktail of mixed spirits” and bet that he could drink that faster than one of the others could drink a half-pint of lager. Asked who put the mixture in a pint glass, the witness said it was the bar staff.

He told Dermot Cahill, for Mr. Wright, he had been out with Mr. Parish “several times” during the seven years he knew him. It wasn’t the first time he’d seen Mr. Parish challenging people to a drinking race. “I’d seen it a few times.”

The court heard Mr. Parish was found unconscious by a night-porter at about 6am the next day and was pronounced dead at 7.15am on July 1st.

Kindly send me an e-mail signifying your decision, for quick Communication; I shall forward your details to the paying bank that will release this fund to you, immediately i have secured all the Necessary documents in your name.

Kindly Respond Fast in receipt of this mail via:

Phone: +447045710401

I await your prompt response and please keep this very discrete and to

Your self until the transfer of the funds to you is finalized.

Yours in Service,

Barrister Mark Demas (Esq)
Phone: +447045710401

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