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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: "Dr.Michael William" <>
Date: 4 Jan 2011 15:51:31 +0000
Subject: =?utf-8?B?RnJvbSBEci5NaWNoYWVsIFdpbGxpYW0=?=

From Dr.Michael William

Dear Friend,

Please can you be trusted? I am Dr.Michael William From Harlesden, North West London,here in England. I work for UBS Investment Bank London. I am writing you from my office that will be of an immense benefit for both of us. In my department, being the manager London Regional Office, I discovered an abandoned sum of £15.4 Million Great British Pounds Sterling (Fifteen Million Four Hundred Thousand Great British Pounds ) in an account that belongs to one of our foreign customers Late Mr. Stephan Richard who unfortunate loss his life in an accident.

The choice of contacting you is aroused from the geographical nature of where you live, particularly due to the sensitivity of these transaction, the Bank officials has been waiting for any of the relatives to come-up for the claim but nobody has done that. I personally have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for 3 years now, I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin /Will Beneficiary to the deceased so that the proceeds of this account valued at £15.4 Million Pounds will be transferred to your bank account as the next of kin to Late Mr.Stephan Richard

This will be disbursed or shared in these percentages, 60% for me and 40% for you. All I need is to upload your details in our banking database system as the next of kin to Late Mr. Stephan Richard.All I require now is your honest Co-operation, Confidentiality and Trust to enable us see this transaction through. Please you have to keep this transaction 100% secret because of my position here in my bank.

I got your contact from your country international business information; I decided to contact you hoping that you will find this deal interesting. Please on your confirmation of this message and indicate your interest I will furnish you with more information. Endeavor to let me know your decision as soon as possible.I will like to invest my own share 60% in your country.

Provide me the following information as we have 7 days to conclude this transaction it's very urgent please.

1. Full Name
2. Your Resident Address
3. Your Direct Mobile Number
4. Your Fax Number

Reply to my private email

Best Regards,
Dr.Michael William

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