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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: "" <>
Date: Tue, 30 Aug 2011 08:26:07 -0400
Subject: Dear Sir/Madam.

Nicholas Williams.
Union Attorney Chambers.
10,Nelson Mandela Drive,
Sao Tome.

Dear Sir/Madam,

Sequel to your non response of our earlier letter to you on behalf of
the Trustees and Executors to the Will of our late client. I wish to
notify you that you were listed as a beneficiary to the total sum of
£8,550,000.00 GBP (Eight million Five Hundred and Fifty Thousand
British Pounds) in the codicil and last testament of the deceased.

Until his death he was a major share holder in big companies which
include textile and construction companies. He was a very great
philanthropist during his life time. He died on 9th January 2007 at
the age of 68. He was buried on the 3rd of February. Even though he
was a foreigner living and working here he requested before his death
that he be buried here in his words, "I regard here as My home and the
people as my people" We therefore reckoned that you can receive this
funds as you are qualified by your name identity.

All the legal papers will be processed on your response. In your
acceptance of this deal, we request that you kindly forward any proof
of identity of yours, your current telephone and fax numbers and
forwarding address to enable us file necessary documents at our high
court probate division for the release of this sum of money to you.

Please email us with the information below.


Yours Faithfully
Nicholas Williams
Union Attorney Chambers.
10,Nelson Mandela Drive,
Sao Tome.

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