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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: Whitlock and Associates <>
Date: Wed, 10 Dec 2014 05:04:38 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Can you be able to handle this?

Top of the day

Please I want you to help me receive a huge amount of money left by my dead client in a bank here in London. I am bankrupt and desperately need money which is why I need your help to claim the money and we can share. Please try to understand me and do not question my reason in trying to claim this money. Moreover if nobody claims the money the government will confiscate it with a policy initiated by the UK government. You can read about the policy here.

You can also see the attached Power of Attorney given to me by late Sergey Pletnev and his driver's license to know more about this business and its authenticity. when i get your response I will give further details and show documents showing the authenticity of this business.

George whitlock
Phone: +447086466006
Skype: whitlockg

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