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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 G. William" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 25 Jul 2017 05:24:28 -0500
Subject: Can You Partner With Me???

G. William Chambers & Partners
39-41Parker St, London WC2B 5PQ, United Kingdom
From the Desk of Chief Attorney,

I am Barrister. G. William, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to a diseased Client (Late) Mr. Aaron Joel Fernandez, That was involved in an Air India

Express, Boeing 737-800 Arriving from Dubai crashed Saturday 22nd May 2010 as it overshot a runway while trying to Land in southern India.

Since then I have made several inquiries to locate any extended relatives but it proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, thus I contact you.
Am contacting you to seek your corporation to repatriating the cash fund valued at (US$45.5Million) (Forty Five million five hundred thousand United State Dollars)

left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared un-serviceable by the Security Company in France, where the fund is fiscally lodged and assessable as

I write this short and confidential note to you, the security company has issued me a notice to provide A next of Kin or have the fund confiscate within a short period

of time.

I seek your formal consent to present your name and receiving bank account as the Next of Kin to the deceased, so that the fund will be transferred to any bank account

you will nominate in your country, on receipt of your positive response and absoluteness of your confident, we shall then discuss the sharing percentage and how the

fund will be transferred to your bank account in no time. Note I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back up this transaction. All I require

of you is your honest cooperation and reliability to enable us concludes this transaction successfully.

I hereby guarantee that this transaction will be executed under a legal and legitimate arrangement that will protect me and you from breach of law.
Be rest assured that this transactions 100% risk free.

Your quick response is highly recommended

Best Regards

Barrister G. William

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