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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, 16 Sep 2016 21:53:48 +0530

Good day dear

This is a personal email directed to you and I request that it should be
treated as such. I am David Mallery, a solicitor at law.

My name is David Mallery, Attorney At Law, specializes in corporate and
legal claims, a financial legal representative to business moguls and
politicians here in Nigeria. I am contacting you in regards to a deceased
client of mine in the name of Engr. KEVIN BRYAN of California USA who was
a contractor with Shell Petroleum Development Company(SPDC) in Nigeria. On
March 2009; my client and some other business men were involved in a auto
accident in Benin-Ore Expressway.

Before his death, my client had ($138 Million United States Dollars) with
a financial institution here in my country, In view of the Nigeria Law of
Succession, claims of this nature can only be made by a surviving
relative/family member. Unfortunately he had no WILL at the time of death.
All efforts made through some Private Investigators in the Nigeria have
revealed no link to any of his family member.

With the applicable law of succession there is a duration within which
such claims must be applied for, and as a result I am under pressure to
present the next of kin or a relative who will claim the funds, and
failure to do this would legally allow the financial institution to report
the funds to the Nigeria Treasury as unclaimed funds, It is therefore my
intention to introduce you as the next of kin/beneficiary, Please note
that I’m legally equipped with all necessary information/documentations
concerning the funds.

Upon your decision of acceptance, the release of these funds in your favor
as beneficiary will be processed within weeks. You would be entitled to
40% of this fund. If you are willing to work with me on this, PLEASE REPLY

In conclusion, it’s my concern to demand your ultimate honesty,
co-operation and confidentiality to enable us conclude this transaction. I
assure you that this process would be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that would legally protect you and I from any breach of any
law locally and internationally. HOWEVER,Upon the receipt of your reply,
I will send you by fax or E-mail the next step to take. I will not fail to
bring to your notice that this proposal is hitch-free and that you should
not entertain any fears as the required arrangements have been made for
the completion of this transfer. I guarantee once again that this will be
executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any
breach of the law.

Yours Sincerely,
David Mallery, Attorney At Law

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