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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.philip chase" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2012 06:19:56 +0800
Subject: Let Do This Together

It is not my intention to introduce myself to you through this unconventional means, but my consideration was based on speed, reliability and trust. I got your email from the online data base. I am a young fresh graduate from law school. I advertised my profile on some business magazines and i was surprised to be contacted by wife of Shukri Ghanem, the former Libyan prime minister and oil minister who was found dead in Vienna last year.
The wife contacted me because she feels as a young lawyer i will be determined to accept her reason for contacting me which i did. She told me her late husband left the sum of $23m and another $14.8m with a security company in Malaysia. She told me the time span for the two deposits with the security company has matured but she cannot come out of her hiding since her where about is still been sought by the new Libya transitional government. More over the money was deposited with a different name by her late husband to avoid detection. She asked me to solicit for a foreign individual who can stand as beneficiary of the two accounts to receive the money and in turn transfer to her own account. By this way beat any detection from the Libya transitional government.
I could not believe her at first until i went to the security company through her permission to confirm it real. I did my verifications and discovered what she said is true as relate to the two deposits she mentioned.I have also enquired from the security company on the process of putting up a claim for the money and the security company told me all that need to be done is to obtain a legal change of ownership to the name of appointed new beneficiary which is the modalities for claim and present it to the company.
But to do this i need a foreign individual who will assist logistically and financially in the process of putting up legal claim for the deposites.This is why i contacted you.
Mrs. Ghanem agreed that the claimant will bear the cost for the change of ownership because she is not in position to make money available for the change of ownership and take 25% of the total money received from the security company. And i will have 10%, while she retain 65%.I will give you more details for verification when i receive your interest to stand as the claimer.
I therefore will like you to work with me and i will process the change of ownership showing you are the beneficiary of the deposited fund andthe money will be released to you.I want you to accept this offer without any fear as i am in the position to disclose who the right beneficiary is.If you accept write me with your full names,age,marital and job status,residential and your direct phone number and a scanned copy of your international passport or driving license and i will tell you what we will do to accomplish this.
Though i write you hoping we can work together on this. However if you are not capable please do let me know so i look for alternatives as i do not have much time on this
Until i hear from you.

Barrister.Philip Chase

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