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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Rotimi Williams Adams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 11 Jun 2014 16:49:17 +0300
Subject: Don't you think we can work together??.?

Naturally this letter will come to you as a surprise since we have not met before.
Pleease permit me to introduce myself. I am Mr. Williams R. Ahmed,the personal
accountant to late Mr. T.R. Wilkins, who owned an oil servicing company in Nigeria.
On the 21st of April 2010,my client, his wife and their three children were involved in
a car accident and unfortunately they lost their lives.
A total sum of $49.2 million US dollars was deposited by my client before his death,
and I am his personal accountant that managed his account. I knew that my client
had no next of kin/beneficiay again after the accident. But I still made several
inquiries to confirm if he has any extended relatives, which he did not.
The law of this bank stipulated that, after 5 years if no one comes to claim such fund,
the bank will confiscate the fund and declare the account unserviceable. For the fact
my late client had no inheritor, thus, I am contacting you now, because I want to
present you to the bank as the inheritor/beneficiary of  the said fund of my late client.
I have all the necessary information's, documents that the bank may need for us to
claim this fund.I am seeking your consent now, because this bank are planning to
confiscate the fund as they have waited for the past years and could not see anybody
coming to claim this fund. And nobody can claim this fund without having the
appropriate documents of this account and the fund in it.
All I needed from you is your honest co-operation to work with me and get this fund
to your country. I shall present you to the bank as the inheritor to late Mr. T.R. Wilkins.
with all the paperworks, and the bank shall release the fund to you as the beneficiary
to Mr. T.R. Wilkins legacy. Kindly get back to me as soon as you confirm your interest.
We shall share the money according to a proposed sharing ratio of  70% for me, 25%
for you and the remaining 5% covers any expenses that we might incure during the
processing of this transaction.
I look forward to your urgent response.
Best regards,
Mr. Williams Rotimi Ahmed

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