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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: Cecy Williams <>
Date: Sun, 4 Jan 2009 19:28:57 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Hello dear, happy new year!!.

Hello dear

I am Miss Cecy Williams, the only daughter of my late parents.Native of Zimbabwe. I need your help to retrived the consignment that my Father deposited to a security company and to transfer the consignment to your posession.t contains the sum of 3.5 million dollars in cash. I want to invest the money in your country and continue my studies while with you in your country.
I will give you 10% of the Total money for your help.I assure you in the name of the almighty Lord and I will tell you more Once you get back to me and also send you my pictures and the documents of the consignment.
I am waiting for your reply,Thank you and God bless you.
Cecy Williams.

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