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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:

Reply-To: <>
Date: Mon, 19 Nov 2007 23:28:02 -0800

Mr James WilliamsAdministrative department
Dear Friend, Do accept my sincere apologies if my email does not meet your personal ethics. I will introduce myself as Head of Foreign Operations of a bank in europe here in the United Kingdom.One of our accounts Belonging to Late Mr. William Knudson an American client of our Bank. Late Mr.William Knudson deposited the sum with holding balance of £5,000,000 (Five Million British Pounds) has been dormant and has not been operated for the past 6 years. In our bank some years back before losing his life in an AIRLINE CRASH Six years ago killing 83 passengers and five crew members, I am sorry if this news is too traumatic for you, please understand that I’m only Trying to paint the picture to you. His time deposit in our bank has been re-run Twice and inline with the contractual agreement entered with him, the bank cannot re-run it again and all efforts has since been exhaustively made to source out his next of kin but to no Avail. I have secretly discussed this matter with some of the bank officials and we have agreed to find a reliable foreign partner to deal with. We thus propose to do business with you, standing in as the next of kin of these funds from the deceased and funds released to you after due processes have been followed. This transaction is totally free of risk and troubles as the fund is a legitimateand does not originate from drug, moneylaundry,terrorism or any other illegal act. On your interest,let me hear from you please.Please I would like you to go through these sites and gather more information for your self-regarding the death of Late Mr. William Knudson am asking you to stand in as the next of Kin to late Mr. William Knudson and the funds shall be transmitted to you, we shall share the funds in the ratio of 60% for me while 30% for you finally 10% will be for expenses incurred by both parties in the course of this transfer.
Please you can reach me on my personal phone number. 00 44 7031945035 Regards,Mr James Williams.
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