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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. Mark Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 24 May 2012 21:27:04 +0100
Subject: Urgent Message!!! profitable mutual fund

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Standard Trust Security
Company London, England

I am very sorry to intrude into your privacy doe We have not part before

but it has been destined that we shall see one day, I got your

information's through the yellow Online Directory and decided to contact

you as an experienced person in business.

I have worked Standard Trust Security Company London for 21 years as a

Supervisor, I will be retiring come soonest and I have a deal to share

with you if only you can be honest and trustworthy to me without any

doubt. The business demands 100% secrecy and confidentiality till the

money gets to you.

I supervised the warehouse last month and discovered a trunk box valued

at $7.6million US Dollars and this trunk have been there for seven years

as documented in my file and no one has came for the claim up till date.

I investigated and found out it belongs to a national of your country by

the named Mr. Ahmed and this man is dead (Assassinated)

I will want us to work hand in hand like blood relation to claim this

box from the company while I remain insider to direct you on what to do

and the money will be shared equally, I will present you as the next of

kin to the late man, it is a process which we must undergo to actualize

this deal.

All I need from you is trust and you promised me that you will not sit

on this fund whenever it gets to your care and you will keep my share

until I retired and come over for collection in your country and you

will help me in investing some in a proper business that will yield

income quick.

Regarding my position in the company I want you to make sure you keep

this transaction TOP SECRET so that I will not have any problem with my

company once I retire and for the safety of this business. Immediately

If you are interested in this transaction I will make arrangement

immediately so that we can map out plans.

I wait to hear from you as soon as possible, but if you are not

interested do not reply me back because I am very desperate now and

needs results as soon as possible.

Note: if you are not interested in this deal please delete this message

and do not reply because time is not on my side now, but if you are

interested give me a call once you reply.

Thanks for your Understanding.

Dr. Mark Williams

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