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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: Legal Pual Williams <>
Reply-To: Legal Pual Williams <>
Date: Mon, 18 Jan 2016 01:04:22 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Honorable Barrister Paul Williams.

Attn: Sir/Madam

I am Honorable Barrister Paul Williams the personal resident Attorney here in Burkina Faso to Late Mr. Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar AL-Gaddafi of Libya c. 1942 – 20 October 2011.

Late Mr. Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar al-Gaddafi c. 1942 – 20 October 2011, commonly known as Colonel Gaddafi, was a Libyan former head of state, revolutionary and a politician, who died on 20 October 2011, was my client here in Burkina Faso Africa.

My client Late Mr. Muammar Muhammad Abu Minyar AL-Gaddafi c. 1942 – 20 October 2011, was having a deposit sum of {thirty million four Hundred thousand united state dollars} only ($30.4M USD) with a security finance firm affiliated with African development bank here in Burkina Faso.

With the above explanation’s I want to move this money from Burkina Faso to your country, affidavit on your name, but note that this is a deal between me and you and should not be related to anybody until the deal is over for security reasons, please if interested reply as soon as possible.

Honorable Barrister Paul Williams.

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