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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 Tim Baldwin" <>
Date: 24 Feb 2018 16:53:45 -0400
Subject: Re: Still Waiting

Good Morning,

how are you doing today.Please confirm to me on the receipt of my
comprehensive message in regard to Late Alexander inheritance
here in London.This is not must that your family will be part of
this great mutual benefit.It is your choice to declare your
interest to me.By indicating through writing.

Best Regards
Barrister Tim Baldwin
Chambers,London UK
Tel: +447418477832

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