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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:

Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 15:13:09 -0400
Subject: With Due Respect

With Due Respect

I sourced your email from a human resource profile database in the Chamber of commerce; my name is Mr.Jahaberdeen Azam Mohammed. A personal Lawyer to late Mr. Alan Williams a British multi-millionaire who is a Pilot and gold merchant Agent here in Malaysia and has some of his business run by the Africans and Asian since he was not willing to do business; He was a well known Philanthropist before he died. He made a Will stating that 8Million Pounds should be given to a citizen of our choice overseas to help the less privileged round the globe.

I am particularly interested in securing this money from the Bank because they have issued a notice instructing me to come for the fund or will be confiscated by the bank. It is my utmost desire to execute the Will of my late client Mr. Alan Williams since he is no more alive, both Alan Williams,59, his wife Sue, sister-in-law Jill Williams and family friend Debbie Winn died when the five-seat plane crashed on Sunday close to the western Mahale National Park.
This account belongs to our client by name, Mr. Alan Williams who died along with his entire family in a plane crash some years ago. You can view the link below for more details: if you are interested, you are required to contact me immediately to start the documentation process with me as legal practitioner it will be easy for us to put this claim. I urge you to contact me immediately for further details bearing in mind that the Bank has given us a date limit,
Please act fast. I await your urgent response, you can contact me with my email or give me a call with my below phone number:

Kind regards,
Jahaberdeen Azam Mohammed
Jahaberdeen & Co
Advocates and Solicitors
Suite 13.04, 19th Floor
Menara Tan & Tan
207 Jalan Tun Razak
50400 Kuala Lumpur

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