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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: "Barr. BUNMI WILLIAMS (ESQ)." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 5 May 2012 17:30:00 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY...

Dear Sir,

It is with utmost good faith I write on behalf of my Clients, to request for your assistance in this business proposal. My Clients are Directors in one of the Government Ministries in the West African.
I am a private Lawyer, contracted to help source for a very reliable and trustworthy business Man or Woman, who will be trusted to handle a business deal worth (18,000,000.00) Eighteen million dollar. The deal has already been executed, all you are needed to do, is to help receive this money in your account, it is 100% risk free and the remuneration is mouth watering, You will be paid 20% of the total money received as your remuneration. You will be giving full detailed information as soon as you indicate your interest.

Send your Name, Age, contact information and your phone number to me immediately, to indicate your interest.
You can call me, for more elaborate discussions on the Business.

(1) Your contact address:.......
(2) Your Mobile/Fax numbers:....
(3) Your Nationality/Country:....
(4) Your Full Name:.....
(5) Occupation/Company:....
(6) Age/Gender:....
(7) Email.......

Yours Sincerely,

Williams & Noble Associates

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