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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: "Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 Nov 2011 08:32:27 -0800
Subject: Relief Granted

Hello,My name is Judith Williams. I'm 53yrs old of age ,I'm a native of America the lung cancer patient Since pastor/prophet to give me positive thinking on this solution as my adviser. He minister to me to share my properties ,wealth, to motherless baby/orphanage homes/people that need money for survivor both student that need money for schooling, business woman and man for their investment and for future rising.

I have a package (Bank Draft) of $500,000,00 with United State Dollars in your name and your mail address left with A special courier company. for claims, All you need to do is to contact the Atlantic Courier Express Company via below information for your package delivery to arrive your home address.

Contact Person: Mr. Frank Silver
Email Address:
Mobile Number: +447005931550

Do send to them (Atlantic) your correct postal address, full name, contact phone number, so that they can be able to deliver your package direct to your postal address and you have to pay a fee of $150 USD which is the Atlantic courier express delivery charges fee so far, for your package (Bank Draft and ATM)to arrive to you to your home address,

Judith Williams.

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