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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: "Mr Bangulu Williams" <>
Date: Sat, 28 Apr 2007 21:56:43 +0100
Subject: I need your kind assistanse please

Dearest Friend,

I am Mr. Bangulu Williams, an attorney at law. A deceased client of
Mine, by name Mr. Andrew Parker, who hereinafter shall be referred to
as my client, died as the result of a heart-related condition in
November 2002.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money
left behind by my client before it is confiscated or declared unserviceable
by the bank where this deposit valued at 45million dollars is lodged.

This bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin, or the
Account will be confiscated because there is a government
gazzette/mandate/authorising all banks to freeze or confiscate any
account that has not been serviceable in a long period of time, this is
geared towards capital flight for the economy.

My proposition to you is to seek your consent to present you as the
Next-of-kin and beneficiary of my named client, so that the proceeds
Of this account can be paid to you. Then we can share the amount on a
mutually agreed-upon percentage. All legal documents to back up your
claim as my client's next-of-kin will be provided.

All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this
transaction through. This will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law.

If this business proposition offends your moral values, do accept my
apology but if not, then contact me at once to indicate your interest,
by giving me your telephone number, fax number and your address so that
I too can contact you.

Barrister Bangulu Williams.

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