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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Barrister Rufus Young" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 26 Jul 2015 12:27:58 +0100

Dear Sir/Madam
I am Mr. Rufus Young  a British Lawyer  and I am contacting you on a very confidential issue which involves transfer of a huge sum of money from a deceased client account. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that everything has been well taken care off, and all will be well at the end of the day. I decided to contact you due to the urgency of this transaction and to ease your apprehension;
I am the Personal attorney to Late Mr. Richard Burson an American Oil Contractor  who is based in United Arab Emirates but  died in an air crash along with his wife and a  kid on the 31st October 1999 in an Egyptian airline 990 with other passengers on board. The Egypt Airline 990 which took off from JFK International Airport, New York was on its way to Cairo, Egypt enroute Dubai,U.A.E , when it crash into the Atlantic Ocean killing everybody on board.(Please check:
During his life time the Late Mr. Richard Burson operates an offshore account with ABU DHABI COMMERCIAL BANK ,Dubai, United Arabs Emirates  and  as his trusted attorney I am privy to the account  and it contains a total of US$38, 231,000.00(Thirty Eight Million Two Hundred and Thirty One Thousand United States Dollars Only).
Since his death, his bankers with ABU DHABI COMMERCIAL BANK ,Dubai, United Arabs Emirates  have communicated with me on several occasion to present Late Mr. Richard Burson next of kin who will apply and claim the above stated deposited left in his account but the problem is that Late Mr. Richard Burson died along with his family in the plane crash and all effort to trace any other members of his family has proved abortive.My problem now is that ABU DHABI COMMERCIAL BANK ,Dubai, United Arabs Emirates  contacted me few days ago and informed me that if at the end of this year, Late Mr. Richard Burson 
So it is on this note I decided to seek for whom i shall be present as the next of kin/beneficiary to this funds rather than allow the bank directors to share this money amongst them at the end of the year. It may interest you to know that I have secured from the probate an ORDER OF MANDAMUS to locate any of the deceased beneficiaries.
It is on this note I now seek your permission to have you stand as a next of kin to the deceased, as all documentations portraying you as the next of kin to late Mr. Richard Burson will be carefully worked out by me.
1. Your Full Name, Address and copy of identification (passport or drivers license) this will be used to process the PAPER WORK portraying you as the next of kin.
2. Direct Telephone/Fax for our personal Contacts.
3. Your Full Banking Coordinate where the funds will be transferred to.
I shall be compensating you with 40% of the total sum on final conclusion of this project for your assistance.
Do not take undue advantage of the trust I have bestowed in you by informing you of this transaction as I will advise you to kindly desist from responding at all if you do NOT intend to render any assistance. Endeavor to respond via my secured email address:
Thanks and best regards,
Barrister  Rufus Young
Rufus Young International Law Office
Woolwich, London U.K,  Tel  No: +447031962717

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