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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:31:06 +0200 (CEST)
Subject: GOOD DAY

Good day Friend,

My name is Barrister Jayson Rush of Jayson Rush Law Chambers in London United
I Am a Personal Lawyer to this late Diseased; it is with good spirit of
I opened
Up this great opportunity to you.

A diseased client of mine, that bears the same last name with you, died as
a result of a heart-related condition on March 12th 2005. His heart
Condition was due to the death of all the members of his family in the
Tsunami disaster
on the 26th December2004 in SumatraIndonesia. for more

My late Client has a deposit ($18.5MILLION) Eighteen Million and Five Hundred
Thousand Dollars) left behind, i contacted you so i can present you as my late
Client next of kin, so the money can be transferred to your account, and we
Will share it together Contact me for more information at info@jaysonrushlaw.
com thanks.

Best Regards,
Barrister Jayson Rush.

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