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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: Jams Williams <>
Reply-To: Jams Williams <>
Date: Tue, 12 Apr 2016 00:57:00 +0900 (JST)
Subject: Attention

This is to inform you that I have registered your card valued $5.8 Million through courier company DHL, the registration code is: awb 33xzs. Kindly re-confirm your information to avoid wrong claim, your names, address, phone number and country. Write Fred David and also call him on: +22998616270 atmmastercard333

I have paid for the Insurance & Delivery fee. The only fee you have to pay is their Security fee $125 Please indicate the registration Number and ask Him how to pay their Security fee of $125 so that you can pay it
Best Regards,
Dr. Williams James

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