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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 Johnson Wilson" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 5 Feb 2013 22:41:47 +0100
Subject: From Barrister Johnson Wilson

Barrister Johnson Wilson
DIRECT TELEPHONE NUMBER: + 44-702-403-4368
Address: 6 Park Crescent, Near Manchester Airport,
Greater Manchester,M14 5RE,England.

Good day and compliments, I know this letter will definitely come to you as a huge surprise, but I implore you to take the time to go through it carefully as the decision you make will go a long way. Please allow me to introduce myself. I am Attorney Johnson Wilson a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to late Capt. Peter Force, German national; a soldier serving with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) in Afghanistan.

My client was involved in helicopter crash that killed nine troops from the NATO-led force in Afghanistan's, unfortunately my Client Capt. Peter Force lost his live, may his sole rest in peace Amen. Since then I have made several enquiries to locate any of my late clients extended relatives, this has also proved unsuccessful.

After these several unsuccessful attempts, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the money left behind by my client before it will get confiscated by the security vault, my self and my late client have successful move the fund to the United State of America (Atlanta Georgia) before his sudden death through a diplomatic means by the help of a United Nation approved diplomat.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives, I seek your consent to present you as the legal recipient of the fund on behalf of my late client, so that the sum of US$65Million will be paid to you in cash in Atlanta Georgia where the consignment is at the moment then you and I can share the money. 60% to me and 40% to you, I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I require from you is your honest Cooperation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law of the United State.

What interests me most in contacting you is the fact that I will want to invest my own share of the money in the United State base on your advice. Please if you are genuinely interested in the transaction, you are here by required to send me your full name, Residential or Company address, Private Telephone and Fax numbers where you can always be reach so that I can proceed in getting the Release Order document/consignment PIN Code in your name, which will enable the diplomat in Atlanta Georgia release the consignment where the total sum is to you in cash has the legal recipient.

Also, I do hereby wish to crave your indulgence for your time to visit the website as stated below regarding the crash.

It is of paramount importance that you keep the details of the transaction to yourself. Utmost confidentiality and secrecy are what is needed from you in order to successfully receive funds from the diplomat in Atlanta Georgia.

However, If you are not capable of handling the transaction, please delete this message and do not tell anyone about it.

I await your response urgently since we don't have much time left, response to this

Thanks and God bless you.

Barrister Johnson Wilson.

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