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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: Chris lee Williams <chrislwilliams2000@yahoo.com>
Date: Mon, 5 Sep 2005 17:24:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Dearest



Dearest ,
I have a proposal for you, this however is not mandatory nor will I in any manner compel you to honour against your will.

I am Chris Lee Williams, and work with a bank (one of the African leading banks in the West Coast). Here in this bank existed a dormant account for the past 8 years which belong to a American national who is now late Mr Morris Thompson who died on Alaska Airlines Flight 261.
http://archives.cnn.com/2000/US/02/01/alaska.airlines.list/More details
about the deceased himself,you can check on (http://www.nativefederation.org/history/people/mThompson.html)
When I discovered that there had been no deposits nor withdrawals from this
account for this long period, I decided to carry out a system investigation and discovered that non of the family member nor elations of the late person is aware of this account. This is the story in a nutshell.

Now I want an account overseas where the bank will transfer this funds.Thereafter,I had planned to destroy all related documents for this account.It is a careful network and for the past eleven months I have worked out everything to ensure a hitch-free operation. The amount is not so much
at the moment and plus all the accumulated interest the balance in this account stands at-(USD14.1million US dollars).

Now my questions are:-

1. Can you handle this project ?
2. Can this fund be safe in your hand?
3.Can I give you this trust?
4.What will be your commission?

If you can sponsor this transfer.Consider this and get back to me as soon as possible with you full willingness.

Finally, it is our humble prayer that the information as contained herein be accorded the necessary attention, urgency as well as the secrecy it deserves.

I Expect your urgent reply confirmation on this email address on to.

Respectfully yours,
Chris Lee Williams.




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