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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 2008 05:13:43 +0900 (JST)

Dear Friend,
My name is Mr.Micheal Williams from Nigeria.I am the personal assistant to
Engineer. Peter Bush a national of the USA, who used to work with
shell-development company in Nigeria. My Client died in Banda Aceh in Indonesia
with his wife and family as a result of the deadly Tsunami while on a Tourism
Visit in December 26 2004 .
Please log to this website for more about the Tsunami,

After several unsuccessful attempts, I decided to track his last
name over the Internet, to locate any member of his family and since I
could not get anybody,hence I contacted you. I have contacted you to
assist in repatriating the money left behind by Engineer. Peter Bush
before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the bank where
this huge deposits were lodged.FIRST BANK OF NIGERIA(FBN), where the deceased
had an account valued at about $14.600.000 million dollars.
The bank has issued me a notice to provide the next of kin or have the
account confiscated this new year.

The quest of a foreigner as a next of kin in this business is occasioned by
the fact that Engineer. Peter Bush is a foreigner and the next of kin been his
wife died longside with him and also a citizen of Nigeria cannot stand as next
of kin to a foreigner .Since I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives
for over 2 years now I seek your consent to
present you as the next of kin of the deceased, so that the proceeds of
this account valued at $14.600.000 million dollars can be paid to you
and then you and I can share the money. 50% to me and 40% to you,while
another 10% will be set aside for any expenses that may be accrured
during the course of this transaction.

I have all necessary legal documents that can be used to back up any
claim we may make. All I require from you,is your honest cooperation to
enable us see this deal through.
I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch
with me by my email and send to me your telephone and fax numbers to
enable us discuss further about this transaction.You can call me on this
Telephone number, +2348083049055 .

Please reply me back to this my

Thanks And God Bless You.
Best Regards
Mr. Michael Williams

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