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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:

From: "Mr. Felix Williams" <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2005 15:47:51 +0000
Subject: Enquiry about your products.

Hello my dear,

How are you and your family? I hope fine.

I am Mr. Felix Williams, I am a friend to late Mr.Aziz, I am also his
present fianincial controller of Eco Bank , Cotonou branch,Republic of
Benin. I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you
as a result of what I presently have at hand.

On 25th December 2003, Mr.Aziz a Lebanese investor in Cotonou , Republic of
Benin was among the plane crash victims of Boeing 727-type, Air plane of
African Transport Union (UTA) crashed on 25th December 2003 at the Fidjrosse
beach Cotonou Republic of Benin. 110 persons died, the Beirut-bound flight
victims are mostly Lebanese nationals and few westerners. Over 40 others
still reported missing as at then, while 22 passengers survived.

Please I seek your consent to present you as Next of kin to the deceased so
that the sidetracked Account valued at 15.5 Million Euro (Fifteen Million
Five Hundred Thousand Euro) of late Mr. Aziz could be remitted to your
account as his foreign business partner, thereby making you the next of
kin, and then we can share the amount on a mutually agreed percentage. All
I require from you is your honest co-operation and trust to enable us see
this transaction through. I guarantee that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the
law. To enable us discuss further about this transaction, do contact me

I await your urgentand positive response.


Mr. Felix Williams

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