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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: Williams Abbas <>
Date: Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:46:27 +0000
Subject: From Mr. Williams Abbas

Dear Friend,

I am a financial consultant in Accra Ghana; I am contacting
you in respect of my late client Gold dust and fund of $7.5
millions dollar deposited with a security company here in Accra
Ghana which is about to be confiscate by his bank after many
years unclaimed, I decided to contact you because you bears
the same last name with him. Kindly indicate your interest by
sending me your Full name , Age , Marital status , Postal
address, Job, phone number ; You will be entitle to 50 %; 40 %
for me and 10 % to defray all cost.

If you are interested, please contact me by this email:

Yours Sincerely

Williams Abbas

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