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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 Philip Moor" <>
Date: Wed, 06 Jan 2021 03:46:30 +0800
Subject: Attorney

I am Barrister Philip Moor, Attorney at law. A decease client of
mine by the name Late Mr. Christian Eich, Engineer who ran carmaker
BMW'S museum, who died with his wife and two children and his wife's
parents were also among the victims of plane crash of Monday, 31 July,
2000, 13:22 GMT 14:22 UK.

I am contacting you to assist in repatriating the money left behind my
client before it is confiscated, or declared unserviceable by the bank
where this deposit value at (US29, 000, 000.00$) is lodged. This bank
has issued me a noticed to contact the next of kin or the account will
be confiscated.

My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the
next of kin/beneficiary of my late client. So that the proceeds of this
account can be paid to you, then we can share the amount on a mutual
agreement .

Please, do accept
1. Full Name
2. Address (Inclusive City, State and Zip code)
3. Telephone no
4. Age:
5. Occupation:
Please reply through my direct email address
( if you are interested to be a partner in this

Best Regards,
Barrister Philip D. Moor
Tel: +44-703-191-9726

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