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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 Tony Walker" <>
Date: Fri, 1 Jun 2012 15:20:13 +0700 (WIT)
Subject: Your Attention Needed

For Confidence My Dear,

Please consider to help me relocate this USD $20.5M for establishing
an industry in your country. This fund was deposited in our Bank by
Mrs. Nina Wang from Hong Kong who died of cancer on April 3rd 2007
without a heir.

A routine notification was sent to her forwarding E-mail address but
without responses. She did not declare her next of kin in the bank
official papers including her real home contacts.

This money has been floating and if I do not remit it out urgently it
will be confiscated by the government as unclaimed fund. You will be
compensated with 30% for your collaboration to receive this fund.

Click here:

I will give you all vital information and clarification so that you
will contact the paying Bank for the release of the money into your
account as next of kin to the deceased depositor.

As one of the bank officials, I will play a role to make sure that the
fund will be released to you.

Kindly respond to my personal and alternative email address :

Barrister Tony Walker esq.

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