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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: michael williams <>
Date: Tue, 27 Feb 2007 05:45:43 +0000 (GMT)
Subject: Urgent responce?

Dear Friend,

I am Michael Williams the son of late Dr Johnson williams from Ivroy coast .I am writeing you for your asisstance over my father deposited consigment in a security company here in accra ghana west africa and i belive you could be a nice and trustworthy someone.Hence i decided to contact you in respect of my late father fund $25musd which he put inside two trunk boxes and deposited it in a security company here in ghana before he died.

So I want you to be my foreign beneficiary who will help me to claim and transfer this boxes out of africa to you in your country for invetsment purpose .for your foreign assistance i and my sister have agrreed to offer to you 30% of the total fund and 5% for any expenses that might occur during this trasaction. .

Please i want you to get back to me as soon as possible for further details.
Yours Trully
Michael Williams.

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