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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: "Office" <>
Date: Fri, 27 May 2016 17:19:23 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: My Dear Friend

>From Barrister I. Williams.
Senior Advocate, International Legal Practitioner
Williams chambers & Financial Attorney
Plot 112/25 Joint crescent Victoria Island Lagos-Nigeria.

My Dear Friend,

It is with trust and sincerity that I approach you for assistance to
transfer some funds into your bank account. Please do accept my
apology if my mail infringes on your personal ethics. My name is
Barrister I. Williams. A Private Lawyer based here in Lagos Nigeria.
Honestly it will be my humble pleasure if we can work together.

I would like you to act as the next of kin to my deceased client, a
citizen of United States Of America who made a deposit of $20 million only with a
Bank here in Nigeria few years back. He died in a plane crash with his
immediate family in a plane crash without any registered next of kin
and as such the funds now have an open beneficiary mandate with a
Bank, This means that any foreigner i present can act as the
next of kin of the deceased person for claiming the inheritance funds
without any risk involved.

Moreso, I have received official letter from the bank to provide next
of kin to my client or suggesting a likely proceeding for confiscation
of the Fund in line with existing laws by the bank in which my client
deposited the sum of $20 Million Dollars . According to the Government
Law as provided in section 129 sub 63(N), Nigeria Banking Edit of 1961
at the expiration of years the fund will revert to the ownership of
the Nigeria Government, if nobody applies to claim the fund.

My proposition to you is to present you to the bank as the Next of kin
and beneficiary of my deceased client so that the bank will pay this
$20 million to you so that we can share the amount on a mutually
agreed percentage of 50% for me 50% for you.

All legal documents to back up your claim as the deceased Next of Kin
will be provided by me. All I require is your honest cooperation to
enable us see this transaction through. I guarantee you that this will
be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from
any breach of the law.

If you are interested in this transactions, Please do let me know
immediately so that I can give you comprehensive details on how to
proceed.Please reply to my private e-mail box:


Barrister I Williams

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