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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 Robert Williams <>
Date: Sun, 4 Aug 2013 12:42:59 -0430 (VET)
Subject: My Dearest Friend

My Dearest Friend

I am very happy to inform you about my success in getting that fund
transferred, Now I want you to contact my secretary on the information
NAME: Mr James Atta

Ask him to send you the total sum of $1.950 USD which I kept for your
compensation contact my secretary on this Email: and
Also Forward Your Name,Current Address and Your Direct Phone number To him.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share the
joy after all the sufferies at that time. In the moment,I am very busy here
in London because of the investment projects me and my new partners are
having at hand.

Yours faithfully.
Mr Robert Williams

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