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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: James Wilson <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 10 Sep 2013 08:10:02 -0700
Subject: An inheritance of US$8.7 Million

Subject: An inheritance of US$8.7 Million

Our Ref: MW/DUS837220/2013 Date: 10th of September 2013

Dear Sir/Madam

Subject: An inheritance of US$8.7 Million

Craig & Woods Genealogical Investigators specializes in probate research to locate missing heirs and beneficiaries to estates in the United Kingdom and
Europe. We can also help you find wills, obtain copies of certificates, help you to administer an estate, as well as calculating how an estate, intestacy
or trust should be distributed.

You may be entitled to a large pay out for an inheritance in the Europe worth US$8.7 Million. We have discovered an estate belonging to late
Mr.Rodrigues has remained unclaimed since he died in 2006 and we have strong reasons to believe you are the closest living relative to deceased we can

You may unknowingly be the heir of this person who died without leaving a will (intestate). We will conduct a probate research to prove your
entitlement, and can submit a claim on your behalf all at no risk to yourselves.

Our service fee of 10% will be paid to us after you have received the estate.

The estate transfer process should take just a matter of days as we have the mechanism and expertise to get this done very quickly.This message may come
to you as a shock; however we hope to work with you to transfer the estate to you as quickly as possible.

Feel free to email our senior case worker Mr. James Wilson on for further discussions.

With warm regards,

Mr. Mark B.T. Craig, CEO.
Mark & Woods Ltd.

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