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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 Lawrence L.K. Cheung" <>
Date: Sun, 11 Dec 2016 01:42:58 +0100
Subject: Fund Inheritance Call Partnership

Northman Law Firm, International Corporate & Business Law Firm,
Jakarta Indonesia,Securities Corporate Finance &
Business Law Domestic and International Business Practice.

Address: No,102, Sentral Senayan,
Jl. Tanah Abang,Pusat,Daerah
Khusus Ibukota Jakarta 90911,Indonesia

Fund Inheritance Call

How are you doing today? Hope you are doing great, Thank you.

I am Barrister, Lawrence L.K. Cheung, I am originally from Chinese
Indonesia with Northman Law chambers and Real Estate solicitors Jakarta
Indonesia , We have a deceased client an American Citizen,member of Gulf
States and member of Indonesia Government Oil & Gas Finance, who died
Atif, and left a Sum Amount of(USD$27,000,000,00) Twenty-Seven, Million
United State Dollars in a Foreign Account under our Law Firm,he bears the
same surname with you.

Since his death I have received several letters from the Bank where he
deposited the fund before his death, to provide his next of kin or any of
his relatives who can make claim to the funds before the end of the Month
or the Bank will be left with no option than to confiscate the fund and
turn the money back to the state as it has been marked unclaimed, Contact
me if you are interested and remember this is a deal between you and i
again we have only two weeks giving from holding bank to move this fund
out of the country.

Thanks Best Regards,
Barrister, Lawrence L.K. Cheung

Lawrence L.K. Cheung Law chambers,Jakarta Indonesia
Law Firm provides sophisticated and comprehensive advice to companies and
individuals in their day-to-day business, in Libya, Egypt, Indonesia USA,
London, combining high quality legal services with a direct relationship
with the clients our personalized attention, competitive.

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