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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 Scott Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 20 Aug 2014 23:40:25 -0300
Subject: ATTN:My Dear Friend

ATTN:My Dear Friend

Good day to you. I am using this opportunity to thank you for your effort to our unfinished transfer of fund into your account, I want to inform you that I have successfully transferred the Check out of the company to someone else who was capable of assisting me in this great venture. Due to your effort, sincerity, courage you showed at the course of the transaction I want to compensate you with the sum of $1,500,000(One Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars).

You are to contact the finance house for the collection of the certified bank draft.


Barrister Jerry Albert


Kindly get back to him with the following details to enable him proceed with the processing of your bank draft.

1.Your Name.........

2.Your Address......

3.Phone Number......

4.Present Country .......


At the moment, I am very busy here because of the investment projects I am Having at hand.

Finally, I have forwarded instruction to the finance house on your behalf to Send the bank draft to you as soon as you contact them.

Best Regards,
Mr.Scott Williams

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