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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: "William (Bill) Ingle." (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Thu, 6 Feb 2014 01:46:09 -0600
Subject: <FYI>

Dear Sir/ Madam,

My sincere greetings to you, I am William (Bill) Ingle, a retired chartered accountant and broker to investors who are ready to partner in projects, business and give loans to prospective companies.

Myself and my associate are financial investors we have over US$500,000,000.00 (five hundred million united state dollars to give out for investment we want high profile company or Individuals with good financial history and no criminal record. It is 100% risk free and legitimate if interested please reply VIA this email:

Thank you in advance for a good working relationship.

Best regards,

William (Bill) Ingle.
DRE # 01070372
Professional  LLP /Registered ACCA.

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