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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: "Mrs Helena Williams" <>
Date: Wed, 14 Nov 2007 01:15:05 +0200

Dearly Beloved .

Here writes Mrs Helena Williams, suffering from cancerous ailment.
I am married to Sir Williams an Englishman who is dead. My husband was
into private practice all his life before his death. Our life together
as man and wife lasted for three decades without a child. When my late
husband was alive he deposited the sum of Twenty Million Pounds
(20,000,000.00 Million Great Britain Pounds Sterling) which were
derived from his vast estates and investment in capital market with his

bank here in UK. Presently, this money is still with the Bank.
Recently, my Doctor told me that I have limited days to live due to the

cancerous problems I am suffering from.

I have decided to donate this fund to you, I do hope you would be able
to utilize this money for the said purpose just as I am going to
instruct herein. I want you to utilize the funds by creating a charity
foundation called HELENA WILLIAMS FOUNDATION to assist widows and help
accident victims worldwide.
I cannot give this fund to anybody here in England because my Husband
relatives have people in high places and will frustrate all attempts
within this country. More so they do not know about this Twenty Million

Pounds sterling deposit that my husband made. Presently, this deposit
is known by me, our family lawyer and now you.
Contact our family lawyer with this specified email address
Attorney Daniel Lucero (ESQ)

Tell him that I have WILLED £20,000,000 to you by quoting my personal
reference number Law/chamber/solicitors/hn/will/WILL/9834520012 and I
have also notified him that I am WILLING that amount to you for a
specific and good work.
My lawyer would be waiting to receive your reply, on this E-mail

Remain blessed.
Your Sister,
Mrs Helena Williams

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