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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: "mr john wills" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 2 Feb 2010 12:41:41 -0800
Subject: From Mr.john wills PHWBYSOFUE

>From Mr.john wills,
Mobile #: +447045735815

Dearest friend,

How are you and your family? I know my letter meets you in your best mood today; my name is Mr.john wills, Head of Primeline NatWest Bank Plc London. I

decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described here-under for our both mutual benefit and hope you will keep it

a top secret because of the nature of the transaction, While auditing the bank accounts, I discovered an unclaimed /abandoned fund, sum total of £

23.800,000 GBP (Twenty three million Eight hundred thousand British Pounds sterling) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers (Late Mr.

Donald Arthur Peterson) an American who unfortunately lost his life with his wife, in a plane crash of United Airlines Flight 93 which crashed in Southwest

Pennsylvania in September 11, 2001.

After going through his file in our bank, I discovered that he did not specify any next of kin or will beneficiary to the fund. I sincerely seek your consent

to present you as the next of kin / will beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at £ 23.8 Million British Pounds Sterling

will be disburse to you, which we will share in these percentages ratio; 60% for me and 40% to you.
All that I required is your sincere co-operation; trust and utmost confidentiality to enable us conduct this transaction successfully. I assured you that

this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law both in your country and here in London

when the fund is transferred to your bank account. Upon consideration and acceptance of this offer, please send the following information to me immediately.

-Your Full Name,
-Your Contact Address
-Your direct Mobile telephone Number.

This information will enable me to upload your data into our bank database to reflect in the bank network system that you are the named next of kin/will

beneficiary of this fund, then I will guide you on communication with the bank for onward transfer of the fund to you, please note that we have few days to

carry out this deal, Kindly reply to my private e-mail address: for confidentiality.

Thanks in anticipation of your urgent response.


Mr. john wills,
Head PrimeLine,
NatWest Bank Plc.

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