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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:

From: nelsonwilliam_204@terra.com.mx
Date: Sat, 11 Dec 2004 12:49:18 +0100
Subject: URGENT PLEASE

FROM DISK OF DR.NELSON WILLIAM.
INTERNATIONAL BANK OF AFRICA.
LOME-TOGO

ATTENTION PLEASE.

THANKS TO A PIECE OF INFORMATION I GATHERED ABOUT YOU THROUGH THE TOGOLAISE
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY,ALTHOUGH I DID NOT LEAVE ANY CLUE AS TO
THE REASON FOR MY INQUIRY BEARING IN MIND THE CONFIDENTIALITY REQUIRED IN
THIS ABSOLUTE RISK-FREE BUSINESS.
I AM DR.NELSON WILLIAM,THE MANAGER OF THE TREASURY DEPARTMENT OF INTERNATIONAL
BANK OF AFRICA HEAD OFFICE IN LOME -TOGO. RECENTLY, WE IS COVERED A DORMANT
ACCOUNT WITH A HUGEAMOUNTOF MONEY VALUED USD17,000,000.00(SEVENTEEN MILLION
US DOLLARS)THAT BELONG TO ONE OF OUR NUMERROUS CUSTOMERS MR DUCKSON FRITZ
WHO DIED IN A PLANE CRASH IN NOVEMBER 2001.

DURING THE PERIOD OF OUR INVESTIGATION WE DISCOVERED THAT THE DECEASED DIED
ALONG WITH HIS FAMILY, LIVING NO WILL AND NOBODY BEHIND TO COME FOR THE
CLAIM AS NEXT OF KIN THE BANKING LAW HERE STIPULATES THAT IF SUCH MONEY
REMAIN UNCLAIMED FOR SIX YEARS, IT WILL BE FORFEITED TO THE BANK TRASURY
AS AN UNCLAIMED BILL.

A TOGOLAISE CANNOT STAND AS A NEXT OF KIN TO A FOREIGNER.IT IS UPON THIS
DISCOVERY THAT I AND MY COLLEAGUES IN THIS DEPARTMENT DECIDED TO CONTACT
YOU TO COLLABRATE WITH YOU TO PULL OUT THIS DORMANT FUND WE HAVE IT IN MIND
TO GIVE YOU A 30% OF THIS TOTAL FUND OF THE TOTAL MONEY IF THIS PROPOSAL
MEETS YOUR INTEREST URGENTLY REACH ME THROUGH THE ABOVE STATED ALTERNATIVE
MAIL TO ENABLE ME GIVE YOU THE FULL DETAILS OF THIS TRANSACTION AND HOW
IT IS GOING TO WORK OUT WHAT I WANT FROM YOU IS FOR YOU TO ACT AS THE DECEESED
NEXT OF KIN.

BEST REGARDS,

DR.NELSON WILLIAM.

PLEASE YOU CAN ALSO CONTACT ME TO MY ALTERNATIVE MAIL. nelsonwilliam_204@yahoo.fr
Or nelsonwilliam90@yahoo.fr

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