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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: "phillip williams" <> (may be fake)
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 06:00:41 +0100
Subject: request for partnership

Good day,

I am Mr.Phillip Williams,i trained and work as an external auditor for the United Overseas Bank(UOB)
UK,working as part of a bigger team that covers the entire European region.

An investor (name with-held)a canadian died without naming a next of kin to his fund in my bank.The amount
is $15.7M and banking regulation/legislation in Singapore demand that i notify the fiscal authorities after
three years.The above set of facts underscores my reason to seek your permission to have you stand as
the next of kin to the deceased. This funds will be approve and release in your favour as the next of kin if
only you will adhere to my instruction and cooperate with me in one aacord.

I have all the legal and Banking details of my deceased client that will facilitate our putting you forward as
the claimant/beneficiary of the funds and ultimately transfer of the $15.7M plus interest to any bank
account nominated by you.I am prepared to compensate you with a 20% share of the total funds for your
efforts.The final details will be given upon receipt an affirmation of your desire to participate.

Please contact me immediately whether or not you are interested in this deal.If you are not,it will enable
me scout for another foreign partner to carry out this deal.But where you are interested, contact me
only through my email private address below for more details as time is of the essence in this business.

Thank you,

Phillip Williams

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