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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: Williams Moise <>
Date: Wed, 30 Apr 2008 04:54:34 -0700 (PDT)

Dear Sir,Madam

I am Mr. Williams Moise, working with the Senegal branch of African Development Bank group as the regional manager, but i have retired from work now, I humbly wish to seek your assistance in a matter that is very important to me which requires utmost urgency and confidentiality. I want to start investing with the sum of Ten Million United States Dollars ($10,000,000.Million) with good economic stability and political climate you may recommend in your country. I shall be interested in real estates, Hotels business or any other business you may recommend, but to be sincere and honest with you i don't have much ideas on investment business that is why i am seeking assistance from you so that you can help me invest the funds in a lucrative business that can give more profit at the end if possible.

Pls reply and let me know weather you can help me for the investment so that we can go in to and agreement and discuss on percentage ratio and also make an arrangement on how we can meet face to face and discuss properly about the investment as to enable us move forward. While hoping to hear from you through my private email or phone call as soon as you receive my mail, here is my contact number 00221776090012 you can reach me with.

Hoping to hear urgent from you.
Best regard
Williams Moise.

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