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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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Fraud email example:

From: "andre Williams" <>
Date: Wed, 9 Jul 2008 19:04:08 +0200
Subject: From: Mr. Andre Williams.

From: Mr. Andre Williams.
Occupations: External Auditor.

Compliments of the season,

Do accept my sincere apologies if my mail does not meet your personal ethics

although, I wish to use this medium to get in touch with you first because

it's fastest means.

I am an external auditor of a well known bank here in my country. In one of

our periodic auditing I discovered a dormant account with holding balance of

52,000,000 (Fifty Two Million British Pounds) which has not been operated

the past three years. From my investigations and confirmations, the owner of

this account, a foreigner by name Mr. Gregory .B .Wilson died in plane crash

in July 19, 2003 and since then nobody has done anything as regards the

claiming of this money because he has no family members who are aware of the

existence of neither the account nor the funds.

I have secretly discussed this matter with a top senior minister official of

the federal ministry of finance here and we have agreed to find a reliable

foreign partner to transfer the fund into your account which you will

although due to his position he did not want to take active part but as soon

as you follow the instructions i will be getting from him, everything will

successful because we will be working hand in hand with him. We thus propose

to do business with you, standing in as the next of kin of these funds from

the deceased and after due legal processes have been followed the fund will

released to your account without delay and we will use it for investment and

to assist the less privileged in the society because if we left the fund

the government it will be forfeited for nothing and will be used to suppress

the poor masses in the society.

This transaction is legitimate and does not originate from drug, money

laundry, terrorism or any other illegal act. Finally, I will give you 35%

your corporation, 5% will be for expenses both parties might have incurred

during this process. You should send me any of your valid international

passport. On receipt of your response I will furnish you with detailed

clarification as it relates to this mutual benefit.

You should send me Your account information as states below where you like

money to be transfer so that. I can send application for the release of the

fund immediately with your account information. Even an empty account is ok.

Bank Name..............
Bank Address...........
Beneficiary Name.......
Account Number.........
Swift Code.............
Your Tel/Fax Number....
Routing Number.........
State & Country........

Do you have any investment idea?

I look forward to hearing from you as soon as possible if you are


Mr. Andre Williams.
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