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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: "Smith Lee Chambers" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 22 Oct 2011 22:51:27 -0700

Dear Winner,
Your e-mail address came up in a random draw conducted by my law firm, SMITH LEE Law Chambers in Kuala Lumpur Malaysia.
My name is Advocate Smith Lee (Esq.). A personal attorney to my late client Mr. Ronald Owen who worked with an oil firm here in Malaysia, Mr. Ronald Owen a well known Philanthropist, before he died, he made a WILL in my law firm stating that $9.2M Nine Million Two Hundred Thousand U.S. Dollars, only should be donated to any Philanthropist of our choice outside Malaysia (Overseas).
It is my utmost desire to execute the WILL of my late client. You are required to contact me immediately to start the process of transferring this money to any of your designated official bank account. I urge you to contact me immediately for further details bearing in mind that the Bank has given us a date limit.
Please contact me urgently via my direct telephone number as +60163852965  or you reply this email immediately stating your details.   
Congratulations once again.
Advocate Smith Lee

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