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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: Fidelia Alves <>
Date: Wed, 24 Dec 2008 05:11:38 -0800 (PST)
Subject: Bequest

I have a new email address!You can now email me at:

- Solicitor,Advocate and Notary Public Office:10 snow hill,London EC1A,2A1,ENGLAND 96 DX LONDON-Uk Last and Final Notification of Bequest On behalf of the Trustees and Executor of the estate of Late Engr.Henry Richards,I once again try to notify you as my earlier letter to you through the Post Office was returned undelivered,therefore I now attempt to reach you via your email address as it appears to be the next and the only option left unexplored.Engr.Henry Richards(late),made you a beneficiary in his will,he left Three Million One Hundred United States Dollars (US$ to you in the codicil and last testament to his will.My client,Late Engr.Henry Richards was a pioneer member of STRABAG CONSTRUCTION CO.LTD,a dedicated Christian and Philanthropist.He died on the 9th day of February 2005 at the age of 82 and his Will is now ready for execution,and he did wish that part of the funds be used in assisting churches,orphans and the widows.Please If I reach you as I am hopeful I will,endeavor to get back to me as soon as possible to enable me conclude my job,you should forward along your current telephone and Fax numbers, your current mailing address.Please reply with the privte E-mail ddress; again,I congratulate you for this is a significant honour indeed as it behooves you herefore to act at once.Yours Faithfully,Barr.Fedelia Alves (Sectional Head)Probate and Bequest Division For:Dickson and Anthony Chambers

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