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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:

Date: Wed, 29 Jun 2005 16:52:59 +0100
Subject: I need help please urgent reply.

Good Day

I am Tony Fred Williams I am 14 years old I live in Manchester(UK) before
my father die, now I live with my mother in Scotland. my father is from Manchester
(UK) and my mother is from Scotland. my late father Mr. Fred Williams was
a Contractor in Manchester(UK) before he die in a car accident last 2 years
July 9th 2003. he left $50Million (Fifty Million Dollars) in his account
before he die. The $50Million is in (First Union National Bank UK) I have
been trying to collect the money from (First Union National Bank UK) but
the MD CEO told me to go and look for some body that is honest and old enough
to help me collect the money.

I could have tell my mother to assist me to collect the $50Million for me
but my mother and father has devoured before my father die and my father
told me to not have anything to do with my mother I don?t even want her to
know because what my father told me before he die was true, now that I stay
with my mother in Scotland she don?t even have time for me all she do is
to take hard drugs and to bring men to the house and she also hit me all
the time.

I don?t want to have anything to do with her, I just want some body that
is old enough and honest to help me collect the $50Milion from the bank as
I am too young to take care of $50Million. Please I need your help if you
can assist me to collect the $50Million from the bank I will give you 40%
and take 60%. I have all documentation on my name you can confirm from the
bank. i am the indeed benefited Next of Kin to my late father Mr. Fred Williams.
The MD CEO (First Union National Bank UK) told me to look for some body that
is honest and old enough so that he can send the $50Million to the person
account immediately.

If you can help me i will contact the MD CEO (First Union National Bank UK)
and tell him that i have found a honest person who want to help me collect
the $50Million. so when you contact him he will know it is me that sent you
to contact him.

I will give you is contact so that you can contact him to enable him send
the $50Million to your provided account immediately Please help me. I will
be waiting for your urgent reply so that i can give you the contact of the
bank and send you the last statement of account of my late father and i will
also send you my picture and my birth certificate. Please Help me reply back
on my private email: so i can send you all information you

Best Regards

Tony Fred Williams.


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