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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: Fred Williams <>
Date: Thu, 9 Jun 2016 21:17:38 +0100
Subject: Good day

Good day and compliment

Please I want to connect with you because i was struck by your name as
i came across it today and after some verification, it appears to me
that you may be related to late Engineer Valnizia, a civil Engineer
and a client of my bank who died in a plane clash along side his wife
and children in 2009.Air France Flight 447 (AF447/AFR447). .... Am
sure you may not be aware of this. Therefore, i have some secret to
reveal to you about this man in connection with your name because you
stand to get millions of dollars from this deceased unclaimed huge
deposit here in my bank as his next of kin based on your name. So let
us discuss how to work this out in your favor. Kindly reply back with
your full contact names to enable me make a thorough verification
through my office data base before my detail reply and feed back to
Thanks and best regards

Fred Williams
Custodian Finance UK

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