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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: "patrick.williams" <>
Reply-To: "patrick.williams" <>
Date: Mon, 11 Apr 2016 15:50:28 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Patrick Williams. 18 years old Boy and my younger sister.

Patrick Williams.

18 years old Boy and my younger sister.

Abidjan -Cote d.Ivoire

Dear Uncle

It is my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend to
establish in your
country. Though I have not meet with you before but I believe, one has to
risk confiding in someone to succeed sometimes in life. There is this
amount of $18.5Million United States Dollar, which my late father
deposited with a Bank

which he wanted to used for his political reason in our Country before he
was assassinated.

Now I have decided to invest these money in your country or any where safe
enough outside my country for security and political reasons.

i want you to send me immediately your bank details were this fund will be
transferred into so that as soon as the money gets to your account i will
be coming over to your country to finish my education and also the
investment of the money while you will be the manager of the investment on
till i finish my education,

I will like to invest part of the money into these three investment in
your Country but, if there is any other business that is better than what
I am suggestion, I will be very glad to follow your advice.

1). Real estate

2). The transport industry

3). Five star hotel

If you can be of an assistance to me i will be pleased to offer you 30% Of
the total fund while the balance will be invested by you.

I await your
soonest response
Respectfully yours,
Patrick Williams.

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