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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: "ADAMS WALTER" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 21 Feb 2014 21:54:50 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY.

My name is Adams Walter and I work with the Finance House Netherlands. I found your address through my countries international Web directory and I'm so happy to finally reach you by email.During our last meeting and examination of the various bank accounts here in the Netherlands, my department found a dormant account with a huge sum of US$ 6,500,000.00 (Six million five hundred thousand US dollar) which was deposited by late Mr. Williams from England.
Before his death he transferred the sum of US$ 6,500,000.00 (Six million five hundred thousand US dollar) to a bank here in Netherlands and from our investigation Mr. Williams had no beneficiary or next of kin to claim these funds.Guess what? because of our financial house regulations only one foreigner can stand as a next relative or next of kin. The request of a foreigner as a next of kin is base on the fact that the depositor was a foreigner and somebody in the Netherlands cannot stand as the next of kin.So This is where you come in- I need your permission as the next relative or next of kin of our deceased customer,
so that the funds can be released and transferred to your account.I understand the system of the banking world and that's why I'm so confident. We need a foreign account and a second party or person, to stand and work with me and apply to the bank here in the Netherlands as the next of kin. I have in my possession all the necessary documents to have this transaction carried out successfully. There's no risk involved and I will provide all useful information and documentation to you when the time comes.Send me your Name, Address, telephone and fax number after reading through this email on
my direct email here
Have a great an amazing day!
Adams Walter

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