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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: rosemaryw williams <>
Reply-To: rosemaryw williams <>
Date: Thu, 21 Jul 2016 10:43:31 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: FROM:Miss.Rosemaryw William.

 FROM:Miss.Rosemaryw William.

In a brief introduction,

I am Rosemaryw William (26 y.ears) the only surviving child of late Dr.Raymond William. I am in possesion of some documents covering the
deposit of US$5. Million (Five million dollars) which my late father
deposited in one of the bank in ABIDJAN the Capital city of COTE

I have verified the transaction with the bank here and it's authencity
is clear. This fund is of no criminal origin as it was realised from
sales of the alluvial gold dust.
I am soliciting for your kind assistance in retrieving and claiming
this fund from the bank here as my father's business associate and
have it transferred to your account in your country for investment.
You will also serve as the guardian to this fund as i'm not at all
knowledgeable in the international business world. I will give you
further details as soon as I hear from you, and we will discuss terms
and percentage subsequently but you must treat as highly confidentail.

I await for your can email me(

Best wishes

Miss.Rosemaryw William

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