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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:

Date: Fri, 21 Nov 2014 15:39:39 +0900 (KST)

You may receive this email in your spam because of poor internet connectivity kindly forward it to your inbox before you reply me

Hello Friend,
My name is Macdonald Chambers; I am a practicing attorney in the United Kingdom, but presently in Nigeria for training at the International Bar Association conference which is going to take me the period of six months. However, I am truly sorry communicating with you
through this medium as we have not met you in person before, but in search of a honest and a capable person that will assist in this urgent business offer.
I got your email through the foreign chambers of commerce email files, so i am contacting you for a strictly confidential deal which will benefit both of us.
As i stated before, my name is Barr. Macdonald Chambers and I am also an American consultant with Shell UK LTD in London and as at present I
have over $300,000,000(Three Hundred Million, United State Dollars) to invest in any good business in your country and so will need an honest and capable person like you.
This transaction needs urgent attention so i will appreciate if you will declare your willingness to transact this business with me as soon as you receive this message.
Thanks and please, treat with utmost confidentiality.
I await your urgent responds.
Barr. Macdonald Chambers

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