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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.Donald Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 24 Dec 2011 08:49:18 +0200
Subject: Attention!!!!!


My name is Mr.Donald Williams.I am an American.I am an International Financial Consultant base in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia.I work for the International Monetary Fund,Malaysia Government and United Nations Authority In Malaysia concerning unclaimed fund.

I am contacting you regarding a notification received from an offshore Safe Deposit Security Company here in Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia that specializes in holding funds,Diplomatic Trunk Box deposit and other Valuable Items.

According to information received by the United Nations Authority here In Kuala Lumpur,Malaysia that this Safe Deposit Security Company is holding for you,a deposit funds that valued at Five Million Eight Hundred Thousand United States Dollars ($5,800,000.00).I have carried out all the necessary verifications and security protocols and can confirm that this funds belongs to you.

Due to circumstances and International Financial Law barriers, you are not allowed to deal directly with this offshore Safe Deposit Security Company again without an assistance of an International Financial Consultant to assist you with the claim of the fund. Which was the reason why I have been appointed to act on your behalf.

In pursuant to this,You are therefore requested to provide me with the following information for cross-referencing.Before any more details will be given to you in relation to claim of the money.

a)Your Full Contact Name:

b)Your Full Contact Address:

c)Your Direct Contact Telephone/Fax Number:

Yours Sincerely

Mr.Donald Williams

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