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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: "Barrister Franklin Mercer" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 12 Jul 2016 15:41:42 -0700

Hello dear,
Please treat this message with brotherly understanding, I would like to handle mutual business partnership with you in respect of my late client, he was raised as Orphan unfortunately he died childless because he was emotionally traumatized as an Orphan having no blood relative. His left behind is worth Nine Hundred and Eighty Thousand Pounds Sterling (980,000.00GBP) and we can share it equal if only you can confidently handle it. This top secrete must remain in your mind alone until our success is fully achieved hopefully within 24 banking hours henceforth.

The deceased was my client for over a decade hence the release of his left behind will be smoothly handled in your favor inline with your mutual partnership to release my share of the fund when it is confirm in your hands this week. I look forward to your humble suggestion in this mutual partnership deal.

Barrister Keith F Mercer.
Phone: +447031923714

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