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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.Harry Williams <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 25 May 2012 13:45:12 +0000
Subject: Hello

Dear Partner,

Compliment of the day with your family ! With all due respect,my name is Dr. Harry Williams, Private Auditor General in one of the well know Bank here in United Kingdom. I decided to seek a confidential co-operation with you in the execution of the deal described here-under for our both mutual benefit and urge you to keep it a top secret because of the nature of the transaction. During the auditing of bank accounts in my bank, I discovered an abandon and unclaimed fund amount to GBP £12.000.000 .00 (Twelve million British Pounds sterling) in an account that belongs to one of our deceased foreign customer, late Mr. Paul Louis Halley who was the seventh richest man in France, He died with his entire family on Dec, 2003 Air-Crash. You can confirm through this website below:

After going through his personal file in my bank, I discovered that he died without any specific heir to these funds, such I make this contact seeking your consent to present you as the next of kin/ heir to the deceased so that the proceeds of this bank account valued at GBP£12.000.000 .00 Million will be released to you as the beneficiary, which will be shared in percentage ratio of 60: 40 between me and you respectively. All I request of you is your utmost sincere co-operation; trust and maximum confidentiality to achieve this deal successfully. I have carefully worked out the modalities for execution of this transaction under a legitimate arrangement to protect you from any breach of the law both in your country and here in England during and after the transfer of the fund to your bank account. Upon your consideration and acceptance of this offer, kindly send to me;

Your Full Name:
Your Full Address:
Your Date of Birth:
Your Mobile;
Your Office:
Your Fax no:
Your Occupation:
Your Scan copy of international passport or your delivers license

So I can enter your details into Barclay's Credit Group bank database as to appear in the bank system that you are the named next of kin /heir beneficiary of the fund, and then I will guide your communication with Barclay's Credit Group Bank for the immediate release and transfer of the fund to you, please reply to my personal e-mail:( / ) for proper confidentiality and security reasons.

Thanks in appreciation and anticipation of your urgent response.

Best regards,
Dr.Harry Williams,

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