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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: "Dr Wilson Lessea." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 12 Mar 2013 14:39:10 +0100
Subject: Contact Barrister John Smith For Your Certificed Visa Debt Card.


I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting the fund transferred under
the cooperation of a new partner from Kuwait and presently I am in
Kuwait for an oil investment projects with my new partner and Meanwhile,
I didn't forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in the past but
despite that it failed us some how.

Now you are to contact my lawyer and ask him to send to you a certified Visa
debt card of Us$500,000.00 which I prepared and kept for your compensation for
all the past efforts and attempts to assist me in this matter. I appreciated
your efforts at that time very much so feel free and get in touch with Attorney
BARR JOHN SMITH and instruct him where to send to you the CERTIFIED

This is his full contact data!
Barr John address
( )
Telephone +2347088753935.

Please do let me know immediately you receive the card so that we can share our
joy after all the sufferings at that time.

In the moment,I am very busy here because of the investment projects we having
at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded instruction to my lawyer so
follow him up .

Dr Wilson Lessea.

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