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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: Tom Kirkman <>
Date: Sun, 26 Aug 2018 16:33:15 +0100
Subject: URGENT.......

I seek for your recognition to enable me prepare a

letter of claim and power of attorney indicating you as

the next of kin
to my late client that has the same surname with you. I

have tried to locate any of his relative for the claim

of Thirty one
Million Seven hundred Thousand United States Dollars(

$31.7 Million) deposited to a bank but all proves

abortive. I have the
entire deposit requirement that was properly handed over

to me which i will submit to the bank for approval once

i have your

Everything documentation concerning this transaction

will be legally attested to.

The quotient of sharing will be agreed between both of


Update me with the flowing details for confirmation.
1 Full name
2 Address
3 Telephone
4 Country
5 Year of birth.

I expect an immediate response to enable me expedite

action in this transaction.

Tom Kirkman E S Q
Principal Attorney.
Tom Kirkman.

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