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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: "James Wellington" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 30 Apr 2019 00:41:49 -0700
Subject: Re: Re: Reply

Attn Please,

It is my pleasure to contact you with this profiting engagements.

My name is James Wellington, I am a partner at Hatten Wyatt LLP, a Law Firm based in United Kingdom.
Though this transaction might sound unrealistic but I have the requisite experience to handle such
matter: I decided to contact you after series of attempt to locate the relative of the deceased.

I ask for your consent to be in partnership with me for the claim of a policy benefit in view of
the fact that you share the same last name & nationality with my deceased client.

If you are interested please respond at your earliest convenient to enable me furnish you with more details.

James Wellington, LL.B, LL.M
Hatten Wyatt LLP
51/54 Windmill Street
Gravesend DA12 1BD
Tel: +441173251172, +441212704264

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