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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: Barrrister Datti Williams <>
Reply-To: Barrrister Datti Williams <>
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2014 20:57:25 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: GOOD NEWS

Dear Friend,

Please accept my apology for not contacting you earlier before now due to my tight schedules. I did not forgot your past effort and attempts to assist me,now I'm happy to inform you that I have succeeded in getting those Funds transferred Under the co-operation of a new partner from Japan.

Meanwhile, I did not forget your past efforts and attempts to assist me in that Process despite that it failed us at that time, due to no trust. Now,I want you To contact my secretary, his name is Mr. Tom Bello and his email address is ( (, Arrange with him on how the total sum of two MILLION UNITED STATES DOLLARS ($2,000,000,00USD) will reach you safely which I have Already kept for your compensation for all the past efforts  and attempts to Assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very much.

Please send the below information to him to enable him get back to you immediately.

(3)PHONE NUMBER.......

Regards From.
Barrister Datti Williams (esq.)

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