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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: williams loveth <williams_loveth42@hotmail.fr>
Reply-To: <ww07812954@yahoo.fr>
Date: Tue, 21 Aug 2007 05:42:06 +0000
Subject: FROM WILLIAMS



FROM WILLIAMS

Atten;

Dear Sir ;
Dont be surprised to receive this unsolicited mail as it appears to be ;

I am Williams Abu, and my senior sisters name is Loveth , My father was a highly reputable business magnet-(a cocoa merchant) It is sad to say that he passed away mysteriously in France during one of his business trips abroad on the 13th Feb.; 2004. May this soul rest in perfect peace.

My mother died when I was just 6years old, since then my father took very good care of us as a father can do to his kids. Before his death he called his secretary who accompanied him to the hospital that he has only two kids; he worked all his life for his two kids the money he deposited with security company is for his kids that my name was written on it finally issued a written note as aninstruction to his lawyer whom he said is in possession of all the necessary and legal documents of this funds with the security company here in my country.
Sir; kindly help us, honestly helping us to invest this money in; do, consider this and get back to us as soon as possible; thank you so much sir, my sincere regards to you and your family;

Thanks,

williams & Loveth.
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