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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:
- This email uses a separate reply address that is different from the sender address. Spammers use this to get replies even when the original spam sending accounts have been shut down. Also, sometimes the sender addresses are legitimate looking but fake and only the reply address is actually an email account controlled by the scammers.
- The following phrases in this message should put you on alert:
- "barr." (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- "chambers" (Barristers (lawyers) mentioned in 419 scams are always fake.)
- This email message is a 419 scam. Please see our 419 FAQ for more details on such scams.
Fraud email example:
From: "Barr. Jackson Brown" (may be fake)
Date: Tue, 19 Dec 2017 13:59:00 -0800
Subject: Notification of Inheritance
I am very delighted contacting you concerning the Estate of a late client of mine and my law chambers.He died without a will with no wife and child leaving behind Eleven million two hundred thousand British pounds sterling .
It is my wish as his lawyer having made necessary legal preparations for the court process to secure the grant letter of Administation in your favor as the next of kin in order for you to claim the Estate/Inheritance which is currently in a bank account here in London,UK.
Please,if you are interested respond as quickly as possible with your full name, residential or office address and direct cell number for more details and processing in your favor as the next of kin.This is real,legal and easily achievable for our mutual benefits/profitable investment in your country.
International UK Attorney.
Principal Partner Jackson Brown & Partners
3 Raymond Buildings,Gray's Inn Camden London WC1R