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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: "Fred Williams" <fwwillsfre@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 11:34:35 +0100
Subject: READ CAREFULLY AND REPLY:


*From Fred Williams*
*E-MAIL:fredwilliamsasso@yahoo.com <E-MAIL%3Afredwilliamsasso@yahoo.com>*

*FRED WILLIAMS LAW FIRM.SOLICITORS AND ADVOCATES OF THE SUPREME
COURT.FINANCIAL ACCREDITED BANK ATTORNEYS/ORGANIZATIONAL REPS.
MEMBERS: BARRISTER FRANK WILLIAM,LLB, PRINCIPAL PARTNER, MRS STELLA CHANTAL
SENIOR ADVOCATE,ALEX JOHNSON P.R.O,DR MRS ADANNE COMPAORE, SOLICITOR
(1)KAZIM IBRAHIM, SOLICITOR (2) MISS LAWSON NADOU, TAX ATTORNEY (1) ASHIBOUA
AKOITIGAN, TAX ATTORNEY (2) DR MACANTHONY MELUM, ADVOCATE,FRED
WILLIAMS,CONSULTANT.*

*Dear ,*
**
*I am Fred Williams Esq, a legal practitioner and holding the retainership
of the late Nigerian's Head of State, General Sani Abacha.I am making this
contact based on a reliable recommendation given to me by a friend.
Based on my long years of retainership with the Abacha family,I have the
instruction of the wife, Mrs. Maryam Abacha to send this message to you.
*
*Since the assumption of power by the civilian government in Nigeria, the
entire family of late General Sani Abacha has known no peace at all.*
*The present civilian government has set out plans to liquidate the estate
of the late General. The Federal Government has confiscated all known
property of the late General in Nigeria. They have equally frozen all the
families known bank account here in Africa and abroad. The first surviving
son of late General Abacha,*
*Mohammed Abacha is presently under house arrest on a framed charge of
conspiracy and murder since the inception of the Obasanjo's led civilian
government.And currently,the new President Alh, Umaru Yar'Adua (GCFR) has
not made any move to settle this issue.

* *All these victimization and many more have left the surviving siblings of
General Abacha and his wife in a very desperate situation in the battle for
survival.*
*In view of this experience and in order to avoid being put into worse
jeopardy,Madam Maryam Abacha has decided to entrust her hidden family
money/wealth under the care of an obscure foreigner for safekeeping. *
*Upon your acceptance to assist,you will be required to come to either
Cotonue Republic of Benin or Accra Republic of Ghana in the West African sub
region and an account will be opened in your name,where this money will be
deposited for onward transfer to your account overseas. After the successful
execution of the business here you will travel with Hajia Mrs. Miriam Abacha
to the final destination of the money for disbursement.*
**
*Like I stated above,all the known family bank account of late General Sani
Abacha has been frozen and the money and the property seized by the Federal
government.*
**
*I WOULD REFER YOU TO THESE NEWSPAPERS:NIGERIAN
TRBUNE,wwwtribune.com.ng**(Friday,February
15th,2008)
Front Page News(N300bn Abacha Loot still trapped in London)*
**
*I WOULD REFER YOU TO THESE NEWSPAPERS:
NIGERIAN TRBUNE,wwwtribune.com.ng(Friday,February 1st,2008)
Front Page News(Abacha Loot Latest:Several Bags of Foreign Currencies
disappear......*
**
*I WOULD REFER YOU TO THESE NEWSPAPERS:
VANGUARD **NEWSPAPERS**,www.vanguardngr.com(Monday,March 7th,2005)Front page
news(Abachas Lawyers made loot recovery tough)

*
*(I would refer you the website of THE VANGUARD NEWSPAPERS,
www.vanguardngr.com(of Friday,Jan.4,2002)
Front page news(Abacha's Return $168M USD).*
**
*And **www.postexpresswired.com(Friday,Jan.4,2002*<http://www.postexpresswired.com%28friday,jan.4,2002/>
*)
Front page news(Abacha's Return N1.9 Billion).for further information about
this monies and the ABACHAS.)*
**
*Hajia Mrs. Miriam Abacha **acting on tip-off withdrew as much money as she
could before the freezing of all her account and kept it in cash,very well
disguised to avoid being detected by the agents of the government. The money
will be put under your custody and under conditions to be agreed upon by
Madam and yourself.
The first batch of US$40,000,000.00 will be handed over to you as soon as
this agreement is concluded. However,you should undertake to make the money
available to her on demand as a primary condition to the commencement of the
transaction.*
*Upon your acceptance to assist,you will take as compensation 30% of the
gross total.*
*Please do treat this matter as very urgent and highly confidential.*
**
*I look forward to hearing from you soonest.*
**
*FRED WILLIAMS Esq.*

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