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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:

Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:22:10 +0200
Subject: Re:**For Your Attention**

Dear Sir/Madam,

My name is Barr. Harry Matovu Jr., am contacting you for a business
proposal that will be of an immense benefit to both of us and the less
privileged ones. I am personal attorney to Late Mr. Moses Saba Masri.
He was a Jewish business mogul from Mexico that died on a helicopter
crash. Mr. Saba was 47-years-old when both his wife, his only son
Avraham (Albert) and his daughter-in-law died in a helicopter crash.

You can get more information’s as regards to the crash and the death
of my late client Mr. Moses Saba on the website address below.,7340,L-3832556,00.html?

My client's banker has been waiting for any of the relatives to
come-up for the claim of the inheritance fund but unfortunately all
efforts has being void. I personally have been unsuccessful in
locating any relatives because my late client Mr. Moses Saba Masri did
not write a will before his death,

I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin / will
beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account
valued at £30,800,000:00GBP (Thirty Million Eight Hundred Thousand
British Pounds) can be paid to you.

This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages 60% to me and
40% to you. Upon our mutual agreement, I will present you to the
Probate as the so beneficiary to the inheritance since I am the legal
attorney to the deceased.

I will provide you with all the necessary documents/legal services as
part of my role include the preparation of Letters of administration
and powers of attorney in your name.

All the papers will be processed in your acceptance of this deal, I
request that you kindly forward to me your letter of ACCEPTANCE, YOUR
file the necessary documents at our high court probate division for
the release of this sum of money to you.

Please on your confirmation of this message and indicating your
interest I will furnish you with more information’s

Your prompt response urgent,

Yours faithfully,

Barr. Harry Matovu Jr.{Esq.}
Principal Partner

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