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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:

Date: Thu, 8 Aug 2013 19:25:43 +0900


I am Charles Williams, a solicitor at law. My client, his wife and their only son were involved in a bomb explosion-the whole occupants of the building were they leave unfortunately lost their lives which include my client and his entire family. Since i have made several enquiries to their embassy to locate any of my late client extended relative all this while all has also proved unsuccessful. After these several unsuccessful attempts, I decide to trace his relative over the internet to locate any member of his family but no avail.
Hence i have contacted you to asset in repatriating the funds valued ($7,500.000.00) Seven million five hundred thousand united state dollars. For the fact that I have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for some years now, I seek the consent to present you as the next of kin to the deceased, since you happen to bear the same last name with my late client, so that the proceeds of this account can be paid to you. Therefore, on receipt of your positive response, we shall then discuss the sharing ratio and modalities for transfer.

I have all necessary information and legal documents needed to back you up for claim. All I require from you is your honest cooperation to enable us see this transaction through.

I will be urgently be waiting to hear from you do get back to me immediately


Charles Williams
Attorney at law
Telephone: 234789 Ext122

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