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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: "Barr. Stephen Cobb QC" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2014 20:14:36 -0800
Subject: Urgent Business Proposal XX

Good Day,
My Name is Barr. Stephen Cobb QC, I am contacting you in regards of my client, Andrei Borodin,s urgent need for investment in your country. He is seeking for a private company or individuals that can manage and invest his funds wisely, he has a huge amount of money in the excess of ( 25,000,000) twenty five millions pounds.
Andrei Borodin A Russian ex-banker who fled to London in 2011 after being accused of alleged fraud has been granted political asylum in the UK, he has agreed a 20% reward to the person who will stand in as a substitute beneficiary to the claim, an additional 5% is set aside to reimburse for expenses in the course of the transaction and the balance of 75% will be invested upon your strong recommendation to my client in your chosen destination of the funds,
Please Read Link for your perusal...
If you are willing to provide this assistance please forward the following information, otherwise please feel free to decline.
Full Name:
Company name if any:
Telephone Number:
Mobile Number:
There will be a power of attorney issued and signed by my client to you for the claim of the funds in the institution were the funds has been lodge. I will only give further details if you are interested because this transaction is Highly Confidential.
I look forward for a good business relationship with you.
Best Regards,
Stephen Cobb QC.

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