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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: wuliam! ewe <>
Date: Mon, 25 Feb 2008 14:06:37 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Verry Urgent..................... Janwillem Bech

TELE/FAX: + 228...................

Dear Sir/Madam Janwillem Bech ,


I am Barrister Ewe Wuliam (Solicitor and Advocate)and personal/family Attorney to the late Engr. Bech, a national of your country, who used to be a financial chevron petroleum company in lome togo herein shall be referred to as "my client".

On the 26st of December 2003, my client'' his wife and their three children were involved in the the Benin Republic Airways flight air crash with registration number ( 141-UTA) which departed from village called Adjarra near Porto Novou Republic of Benin to destination lome -Togo and all the family died in this fatal air mishap 26st of December 2003.

Ever since then, I have made several enquiries to his embassy to locate any of "my client" extended relatives but this has also proved unsuccessful. "My client" left lots of money in the (ECO -BANK) Africa Where the deceased had an account Valued at about US$5.500,000.00 (Five Million Five hundred Thousand US Dollars) in his private account with(ECO-BANK).

Note, that my client deposited the fund before his unfortunate demise, and of which I have the whole Documents to the fund as his Attorney here in lome togo.

I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of the deceased since you have the same last name with my client so I desided to contact you as the next of kin, Upon the confirmation of your private telephone and fax number, i will not hesitate to start the necessary step that will enable you claim the fund from the Bank.

Finally, every further information regarding to this fund will be disclosed to you as soon as I confident my trust in you that you will never take undue advantage of the fund upon the claim of the money from the Bank. Percentage terms will also be discussed with you before we can proceed.

Awaiting your prompt response.

Best Regards ,

Hon.Barr Ewe (Esq)

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