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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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Fraud email example:

Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 23:55:40 -0700
Subject: From Humphrey George

H & G Solicitors

Attention Please,

Please, I apologise for using this medium to reach you. My name is Humphrey George of H & G Solicitors in United Kingdom And South Africa.

I am the legal counsel for the AP OIL & GAS Johannesburg South Africa. I became acquainted to one Mr, (full name withheld) who is a citizen of United State Of America (USA) who was at his time, a senior management staff at AP OIL & GAS SOUTH AFRICA .I became his primary legal adviser right before his departure, I am making contact with you now because my client suddenly passed away nine years ago after a brief illness leaving me with no information or contact details of his family or next of kin.

As my client legal representative, it is incumbent upon me to produce evidentiary documents relating to his beneficiary or next of kin to the bank to file a claim, hence i decided to contact you. We are confident that the relevance of your nationality, your last name and possibly family relationship to my client will qualify you to lay a claim to his account. I plan to present you to the bank as his next of kin and supply you all relevance paper work to put you in a comfortable position for the claim of his 10.1 MILLION DOLLARS ACCOUNT

This money is currently domiciled (seating) in a dormant account at Barclays Bank Johannesburg, South Africa awaiting claim. The new South Africa Monetary and Banking Regulations now allows banks to liquidate any dormant account after a statutory life span of 10 years. This is why i made the effort throughout contact at the American Chambers of commerce to search for you based on the record we received I am writing this letter to inform you that it’s very possible for you to claim this account, I will present you as the beneficiary /next of kin based on the relevance of your nationality, last name and my back up paper work.

You can claim this fund and have it remitted to you within a very short period of time instead of letting the bank liquidate the account as unclaimed fund. i will help you file in an immediate injunction to stop any possible liquidation process . We have to file a claim immediately before the expiration of the injunction .To file a claim, my firm and I will assist you with all relevance documentation relating to this account. These documents will give you a solid claim to this account .we will do this for a 35 percent share of the total amount.

If you are interested in this proposal, send me an email with a resounding yes via my legal email at to get the process started. I look forward to hear from you regarding this transaction .please include your telephone number and the best time to call you when you reply to this letter.

Humphrey George
H & G Solicitors
London U.K..

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