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419 Gets Personal

My ex-wife, whose maiden name is of Czech origin, received this message the other day and forwarded it onto me:

Date: Wed, 20 Nov 2002 21:35:38 +0100 (CET) From: tony_williams@post.cz Subject: GET BACK TO ME name To: tony_williams@post.cz

Dear name

I am Barrister TONY WILLIAMS, a solicitor at law. I am the personal attorney to Mr.Tom name, a national of your country, who used to work with shell Development Company in Nigeria. Here in after shall be referred to as my client. On the 21st of April 1999, my client, his wife and their three Children were involved in a car accident along Sagbama express-road. All occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their lives.

Since then I have made several enquiries to your embassy to locate any of my clients extended relatives this has also proved unsuccessful.After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money and property left behind by my client before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where these huge deposits were lodged. Particularly, the Eco Bank International where the deceased had an account valued at about Seven million United States Dollars (US$7,000,000:00) has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten official working days.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2 years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name so that the proceeds of this account valued at $7,000,000:00 can be paid to you and then you and me can share the money. 60% to me and 40% to you I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any claim we may make.

All I require is your honest co-operation to enable us seeing this deal through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

Do send your reply to my email:tony_will@go.com

Best regards,

This is obviously a 419 scam letter, but it looks like a new twist on the 419 scam (though I'm certainly not an expert on the subject). Now the story involves a deceased person with the same surname as the recipient -- a surname that is easily traceable to a particular country. The scammers get free e-mail accounts from the country in question to make themselves look slightly more legitimate. Clever!

Thanks to Karin for giving me permission to post this.


I just recived a letter like the above one , I wrote a responce back , And then went on the internet to reserch his name and got all these web pages about the scam. I knew it was a scam, but am wateing for him to write back to jerk his chain, What can i do to report this scam,

Cathy, you can find information on reporting solicitations from the 419 Coalition.

I just received a letter too. I almost went through with it. Good thing I googled his ass!

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