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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.Stephen Williams" <>
Date: Thu, 17 Feb 2011 13:01:39 -0800 (PST)

Good day TO You!!

It is my pleasure to reach you after our successful attempt on our business transaction. Well, I just want to use this medium to thank you very much for your earlier assistance to help me in receiving the fund,I am obliged to inform you that I have succeeded in transfering the fund with the help of a new partner from Paraguay Mr.James Pack. Everything was perfectly done because we stroke a deal with one of the Lady accountant who works with the Federal Ministry of Finance (F M F), and she rendered tremendous help to us.My new partner initiated this idea and it worked out successfully.

In appreciation of your earlier assistance to me in receiving the funds, I have decided to compensate you with the sum of $1.5million USD(One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars), Please accept it as a token of appriciation from Me. Presently,

I am in Paraguay for investment project.Since it was difficult to contact you before i travelled due to the urgency of my business schedule, I have left instruction with my personal secretary Mr.James Pack ,Please contact him through his E-mails address ( ) Phone number: +229-99-651-442, Please email him and inform him that I have contacted you that he should go ahead to send your compensation cheque.

I gave him your information's but you have to reconfirm it again to him so that he will confirm that you are the person supposed to contact him, considering the kind of information he is expecting,so fill free to get in touch with Mr.James Pack he will send you the cheque without any delay.

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God Bless you and your family.  
Mr.Stephen Williams

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