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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: Barry Roberts <>
Reply-To: Barry Roberts <>
Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 06:21:19 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Business Attention

It's just my Urgent need for foreign partner that made me to contact you for this transaction of mutual benefit. Please feel free to read my massage and respond back urgently. My name is Mr. Barry Roberts, from the UK, I am working with the Cooperative Bank Plc, Liverpool-United Kingdom as the director of Auditing and account Department. I discovered existing dormant account for 5years. When I discovered that there had been neither continuation nor withdrawals from this account for this long period and our banking laws stipulates that any unserviceable account for more than 5years will go into the bank
revenue as an unclaimed fund. The request of foreigner in this transaction is necessary because our late customer was a foreigner and I cannot stand as next of kin.
I have made personal inquiries about the depositor and his next of kin but sadly, the depositor and his next of kin died on their way to Washington for business, and he left nobody behind for this claim, i only made this investigation just to be double sure of this fact and since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives, I can not directly take out this money without the help of a foreigner and that is why I am contacting you for an assistance to claim the funds and share it with me. I am seeking your co -operation to present you as the next of kin to the account. There is practically no risk involved, the transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you and I from any breach of law. I seek your concern for further information.
Amount to claim US$7.500.000.00 (US$7.5M)
Now my questions are:-
1. Can you handle this project? ……………
2. Can I give you this trust? ………………
Upon the receipt of your reply, I will give you the full details on how the business will be executed and also note that you will have 40% of the above mentioned sum as your own share while 50% will be for me, and 10% Will be mapped out for balances of all expenses we are going to incurred at the cost of inheriting the fund. I am expecting your urgent response to enable me inform you on how the business will be executed. Please I would like you to keep this transaction confidential and as a top secret or delete if you are not interested,
I expect you're urgent response.
Barry Roberts.

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