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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: "Alex W. Chamberlin" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2015 11:49:31 -0500
Subject: Re: Your Consent

London, United Kingdom 01/19/2015.

Dear Friend,

I am Alex Chamberlin, a lawyer to Prince Fayad Bolkiah, the eldest son of Prince Jefri Bolkiah, former Finance Minister of
Brunei. As you may know from the international media; the
Sultan had accused my clients father of financial mismanagement and impropriety. This was as a result
of the Asian financial crisis that made his father's company Amedeo Development Company and
government owned Brunei Investment Company to be declared bankrupt during his tenure in
office. Visit webpage.

In addition, before my client's incarceration, He went ahead to dispatch some cash under special
arrangement into the custody of different private security and Trustee Companies for safe
keeping abroad. The money was splited and kept in the following countries in different
proportions in UK, Canada and the balance in United States of America .

Hence I seek your good assistance to invest these funds into profitable investment in your
country to facilitate future survival for my client and his family abroad. Please I count on your absolute
confidentiality, transparency and trust, while looking forward to your prompt reply towards a
swift conclusion of this transaction.

kindly respond to me on

best regards,


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