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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: "Mr. Robert Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 4 Jan 2011 05:46:46 -0800
Subject: Your Fund Delivery


This is to inform you that your fund which you have been processing for some period of years is coming through a diplomatic means to your door steps in cash From World Bank auditor in London (World Bank Auditor).

We advise you to forward to this international diplomatic department office, your full name and home address, and your telephone number also where you want the consignment to be delivered, and also your International Passport or Drivers' License for Identification. As soon as we receive these information required from you the consignment briefcase of $3.5m will be forwarded to you immediately and the date of our official arriving in your country will be given to you also.

Feel free to inform us if you want the fund to come in cash or bank transfer to your bank account.


We wait your reply.

Dr. Robert F. Williams.

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