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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: "Willaims Ruggier" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sat, 14 May 2016 21:07:16 +0100
Subject: RE: GOOD NEWS

Dear  Beneficiary
Let this not come to you as a surprise as I have been trying to reach you for sometime now regarding your payment of Accrued Interest of US$10 Million United States Dollars meant for you.
I have a good news for you as Federal Government of Nigeria has finally made arrangement in making payment to beneficiary's owed money through the Off-shore Oil deals making it possible to settle beneficiary's such as you.
please you are advice to see news paper report below and read for yourself.
How to make sure your name is part of this first beneficiary to be paid;
1. You are advice to indicate you interest in this payment by furnishing us here with the following details ;
Full Name
Contact Address
Telephone number
Scanned identification
2. You will be required to make a none refundable deposit only for the Notarization of your details
3. Payment options are just the following below which you will be expected to select the best possible way you wish to be paid
a.) Diplomatic Delivery in Cash
I will be waiting to hear from you shortly as soon as possible.
Thanks for your co-operation in advance
Yours Sincerely
Willaims Ruggier

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