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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: william mich <>
Date: Mon, 22 May 2006 13:08:06 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Respectful One,

Permit me to inform you of my desire of going into business relationship with you. I know this mail
maycome to you as a surprise, since we have not known or written before. Introducing myself, I am Mr Mich William 21 years of age the only son of the late Mr and Mrs John William my father was a Gold and cocoa merchant based in Accra, Ghana and Abidjan(Ivory Coast), he was poisoned to death by his business associates on one of their business trips.Before the death of my father on NUVEMBER 2002 in a private hospital here in Abidjan.

He secretly called me on his bed side and told me that he has a sum of USD$6.5M (Six Million Five Hundred Thousand U.S),deposited in Bank in (Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire, that he used my name as his only son for the next of kin in depositing the fund.He also explained to me that it was because of this wealth that he was poisoned by his business associates, that I should seek for a foreign partner in a country of my choice where I will transfer this money and use it for investment purpose such as expansion of his existing cocoa business and real estate management here on how best to transfer thismoney to overseas please.I am humbly seeking your assistance in the following Ways

1-To assist me in providing an account of yours where this fund can quietly be transferred into.
2-To serve as the uardian of this fund since I am still in the university.
3-To make arrangement for me to come over to your country to further my education and to help me
securea residential permit in your country. Moreover, I am willing to offer you 15% of the total
sum as compensation for your effort/input after he successful transfer of this fund into your nominated account overseas, while 5% will be set aside to offset any expenses we may incur. Furthermore, you can indicate your option towards assisting me as I believe that this transaction would be concluded within the shortest possible time if you signify interest to assist me.NB : Please contact me imemmediately you receive this message through this email address if you
are interested.God bless.

Yours sincerely
Mich William.

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