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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: alina wllm <>
Date: Mon, 1 Sep 2008 15:42:20 +0100 (BST)
Subject: From: Miss Alina Williams

From: Miss Alina Williams
Address:Plot 7 koumassi
Abidjan Cote D'Ivoire
Dearest One,

It's my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I am miss Alina Williams the only Daugther of Mr.and Mrs. Williams, intend to establish in your country. Though I have not met with you before but I believe,one has to risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life.

There is this huge amount of Nine million U.S dollars ($9,000,000.00) which my late father deposited in a private finance company here in Abidjan before he was assasinated by unknow persons. Now I have decided to invest these money in your country or anywhere safe enough outside Africa for security and political reasons.I want you to help us to transfer this fund to your country for investment purposes on the followings below:

1). Telecommunication
2). Automobile manufacturing
3). Five star hotel

If you you can be of an assistance to me I will like you to tel me what you well take form me.of the total fund. I await your soonest response.

Extend my warmest regards to your entire family.
Thank you and God bless you.

Miss Alina Williams

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