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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: donald moore <>
Date: Mon, 6 Mar 2017 10:55:04 +0100

Donald & Moore Au Lawfirm
P.O. Box 309
25730 East West
Victoria Island.

I am Donald Moore, an attorney at law. A deceased client of mine,that
shares the same last name as yours, died as the
result of a heart-related condition on October 8th 2005. His heart
condition was due to the death of all the members of his family in the
tsunami disaster on the 26th December 2004 in Sumatra Indonesia .

2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami - Wikipedia, the ...
The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake occurred at 00:58:53 UTC on 26 December
with the epicentre off the west coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. The shock had
a moment magnitude ...

for more information.My late Client has a deposit of Nineteen Million Two
Hundred Thousand Dollars ( US$19.2 Million Dollars) left behind.

I can be reached on this E-mail.

Best regards,
Barr Donald Moore.
Attorney at Law

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