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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: Nicholas Jerry <>
Reply-To: Nicholas Jerry <>
Date: Thu, 18 Dec 2014 15:59:51 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Urgent Information

 Nicholas Jerry.
2nd Floor, 232-242 Vauxhall,
Bridge Road, London SW1V IAV,
My Direct Email Address

Good day,

This is a personal email directed to you and I request that it be
treated as such. I am Nicholas Jerry, a solicitor at law. I am the
personal attorney/sole executor to the late Mr. Norbert, hereinafter
referred to as 'my client' who worked as an independent oil magnate in
my country and who died in a car crash with his immediate family on
the 4th of oct,2008. Since the death of my client in Oct, 2008, I have
written several letters to the embassy with intent to locate any of
his extended relatives whom shall be claimants/beneficiaries of his
abandoned personal estate and all such efforts have been to no avail.

More so have received official letters in the last few weeks
suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation of his abandoned
personal assets in line with existing laws by the bank in which my
client deposited the sum of 4.8 million British Pounds. On this note I
decided to search for a credible person and finding that you bear a
similar last name, I decided to contact you, that I may, with your
consent, present you to the "trustee" bank as my late client's
surviving family member so as to enable you put up a claim to the bank
in that capacity as a next of kin of my client.

I find this possible for the fuller reasons that you bear a similar
last name with my client making it a lot easier for you to put up a
claim in that capacity. I propose that 65% of the net sum will accrue
to you at the conclusion of this deal in so far as I do not incur
further expenses. Therefore, to facilitate the immediate transfer of
this fund, you need, first to contact me via signifying your interest
and as soon as I obtain your confidence, I will immediately appraise
you with the complete details as well as fax you the documents, with
which you are to proceed and i shall direct on how to put up an
application to the bank.

HOWEVER, you will have to assent to an express agreement which I will
forward to you in order to bind us in this transaction. Upon the
receipt of your reply, I will send you by fax or E-mail the next step
to take. I will not fail to bring to your notice that this proposal is
hitch-free and that you should not entertain any fears as the required
arrangements have been made for the completion of this transfer. Like
I have implied, I require only a solemn confidentiality on this.

Best regards,

Nicholas Jerry.
My Direct Email Address

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