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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: "fedinand williams" <>
Date: Tue, 13 Feb 2007 19:01:48 -0800

Dear Friend,

I am Mr franklin kone the general Manager of ABN AMRO BANK 101
London, EC2M 6SB.
i got your email address from our Foreign Services Department of our
Affairs Ministry I am the accounting
officer in charge OF mr Henry williams

On July 20, 2002; Mr Henry williams a National of France, who used
to be a private contractor with the Shell Petroleum Development
Company in Saudi Arabia. Mr Henry williams Made a Numbered time
(Fixed deposit) for 36 calendar months, valued at GBP£30, 000,000.00
(Thirty Million Pounds only) in my Branch.
Upon maturity in 2005, I sent a routine notification to his
forwarding address but got no reply, After a month, we sent a
reminder and finally we discovered from his contract employers,
Shell Petroleum Development Company in Saudi Arabia that Mr Henry
And his wife with their three children were involved in an
auto crash, all occupants of the vehicle unfortunately lost their

On further investigation, I found out that he died without making a
WILL,and all attempts to trace his next of kin was fruitless. I
therefore made further investigation and discovered that Mr Henry
williams did not declare any next of kin or Relations in all his
official documents, including his Bank Deposit paperwork in my Bank.
The sum of GBP£30,000,000.00 have been floating as unclaimed since
2002 in my bank as all efforts to get his relatives have been in vain
According to the British law at the expiration of 5 (FIVE)
years, the money will revert to the ownership of the British
Government if nobody applies to claim the fund and the FIVE years is
the end of November 2007.

Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over 2
years now I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin /
Beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this
account valued at GBP£30,000,000.00 can be transferred/paid to
you.This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages, 60% to me
and 40% to you.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any
claim we may encountr during the process of this transaction. All I
from you is maximum full Co-operation and make sure you keep this
secrect and confidential to avoid black mail.

through this I guarantee you that this will be executed under a
legitimate time of 14 working days, please bear in mind that i shall
from banking work and come down to settle down in your country with my
family since i will have enough money to start any kind of business i
to do please if you are interested reply to my private EMAIL ADDRESS and give me the following information below

1 your full name
2 your telephone and fax numbers
3 your home adderss which i personaly need because i do not known you
well only that i decieded to work with you on trust believing that
when the
money get to your account that you will not cheat me and have in mind
there is no risk in this business i have every information you
need about henry williams since i will want my reputation to be
proceted i
will also want yours to be proceted

Best regards,

please reply to my private EMAIL ADDRESS


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