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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: "Attorney Jerry kelvin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 26 Nov 2011 15:22:50 -0800
Subject: Good Morning.

Jerry N. kelvin Attorney At Law
Ankara, Turkey.

On behalf of my late client,Rev.Shawn Hagan , I write to notify you that my late client Rev.Shawn Hagan made you a beneficiary to the bequest sum of Twenty million dollars only ($20,000,000.00)The trustees of this Will wish to inform you that the Will was read at the Federal High Court Of Justice Ankara probate division on the 10th of November, 2011 as the law provides and ready for execution.

You are therefore required by this notification to confirm your ownership to this legacy by providing the information required.

1. Full Name:
2. Telephone number/cell
3. Fax number
4. Age:
5. Contact address:
6. Occupation:

Jerry N. kelvin
Attorney At Law

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