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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: Balabedha Ramaloo <>
Date: Wed, 07 Aug 2013 20:35:36 +0100
Subject: Kerry shannon.Visitors service speciast

Dear Kerry,

With appropriate greatest respect, I desire your pleasure knowing that this
proposal is a surprise to you. My name is Balabedha A/L Ramaloo, an
Attorney at law. A deceased client of mine (Jason speciast), who hereinafter
shall be referred to as my client died as a result of heart failure on
the 11th February, 2009.

I have contacted you to assist in distributing the money left behind by my
late client to escape confiscation by the bank in which the Thirteen Million,
Four Hundred and Twenty Five Thousand United States Dollars
[USD$13,425,000.00] is deposited. The bank in which this huge amount
is lodged has issued me a notice to contact the next-of-kin to this funds
otherwise the account will be confiscated.

My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the
Next-of-kin and beneficiary of my above named client. Besides, you
have the same last name as my late client, the proceeds of this account
can be paid to you. Then we can share the amount on mutual agreed
percentages. All Legal documents to back up your claim as my late
client's next of kin will be gradually provided.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us see this transaction
through. This will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will
protect you from any breach of the law. If this business proposition offends
your moral values, do accept my apology. I must use this opportunity to
implore you to exercise the utmost indulgence to keep this matter
extra-ordinary confidential whatever your decision while I await your
prompt response. Please contact me at once to indicate your interest.
I will like you to acknowledge the receipt of this message as soon
as possible via email.

This transaction will be treated private with absolute confidentiality
and sincerity. Please, do not contact me through my company details
for confidential reason. I look forward to your quick indication. Do
confirm the receipt of this email.

Kind Regards,
Balabedha A/L Ramaloo.
[Principal Attorney]

No. 6, Aked, MDKT Kulim
Jalan Tunku Asaad
09000 Kulim, Malaysia.
NOTE: This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and solely
for the use of the intended recipient. If you are not the intended
recipient or
the person responsible for delivering it to the intended recipient, be advised
that you have received this email in error and that any dissemination,
distribution, copying or use is strictly prohibited. If you received this
e-mail in error or without authorization, please notify me immediately by a
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