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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 WILLIAM ACHUMS" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 7 Apr 2012 00:23:48 +0100

From Dr William Achums
Address: #8 Mitchley Road Tottenham London N17 9HG
Tel: +44-7011174235  OR  +44-7011174230     
Very Urgent and confidential
I write to request your co- operation in my  desire to find a foreign partner who will assist me in the relocation and investment of the sum of 14.450 Million Pounds Sterling (Fourteen Million Four Hundred and Fifty thousand Pounds, which is presently  available  in my possession.
Presently, I am serving government  functionary in my  Country United Kingdom. The money was realized from  gratification/kickbacks which was received from foreign contractors who executed contracts for my country,for pass three years. I am unable to  travel out now,so i shall be glad if you can stand as beneficiary to  receive this money abroad,and also nominate a good investment facility  in your country where the fund will be placed,for profits making.
the amount deposited is the  sum of 14.450 Million Pounds Sterling in a swift security  firm whose name is with held for now.I am offering you 35% 5% will be for any expenses both parties incurred in the process of this business and the remaining 60% will be for me, This transaction does not have any risk attached to it, as all secret information's that will be required from you by the Company is with me right now over here,You should send the a/c information,together with your telephone number.Office & Cell phone for easier & faster communication.
Bank Name...
Bank Address.....
A/C Name......
A/C Number...
Your Telephone... ..
Swift Code...
look forward to hear from you as soon as possible if you are interested.
Dr William Achums

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