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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: Bar. Bruce Kart<>
Date: 04 Jun 2016 05:43:31 +0900
Subject: Please Confirm.

Good afternoon. I have emailed you earlier on without any
response from you. On my first email I mentioned about my late
client whose relatives I cannot get in touch with. But both of
you have the same last name so it will be very easy to present
you as his official next of kin since he didn't have a WILL &

I am compelled to do this because I would not want the finance
house to push my client's funds (US$18.5m) into their treasury as
unclaimed inheritance. If you are interested you do let me know
so that I can give you comprehensive details on what we are to do
since i can confer your legal rights of claim as the executor.

You can reach me directly on my mobile number and my email

Email address:
Direct Number: +447031910846
Barr. Bruce Kart

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