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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: "James T. Widdop" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 27 Dec 2016 17:01:10 +0100
Subject: $13,250,000.00 business proposal

My name is Mr. James T. Widdop; I am a senior banker in a bank here in the United Kingdom and I seek your consent to present you as the next of kin to our deceased client who died in a fatal accident along with his entire family, so that is ($13,250,000.00)Thirteen Million Two Hundred and Fifty Thousand USDollars can be transferred to your account has the next of kin without any hitch since he did not mention any Next of Kin when his account was opened.

No risk involved in this transaction, I assure you that this transaction will be executed under a legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the law both in your country and here in UK once the fund is transferred to your bank account.

Please treat this business proposal with utmost confidentiality and write back to this email for the transfer further details only if you are interested.

James T. Widdop
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