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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: "Mr. Frederik Paulson" <>
Date: Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:30:47 -0800
Subject: my subject

Watson, Farley & Williams LLP Solicitor, Advocate and Notary Public Office:=
15 APPOLD STREET, LONDON, EC2A 2HB, ENGLAND This Is Our Last Notice to You=
We wish to notify you again that you were listed as a beneficiary to the t=
otal sum of US$ 50,000,000.00 Dollars in the intent of the deceased(name no=
w withheld since this is our second letter to you). We contacted you becaus=
e you bear the surname identity and therefore can present you as the benefi=
ciary to the inheritance since there is no written will. Our legal services=
aim to provide our private clients with a complete service. We are happy t=
o prepare Wills, set-up and administer Trusts, carry out the Administration=
Of Estates and prepare and administer Powers Of Attorney. All the papers w=
ill be processed in your acceptance. In your acceptance of this deal, we re=
quest that you kindly forward your letter of acceptance your current teleph=
one and fax numbers and a forwarding address to enable us file necessary do=
cuments at our high court probate division for the release of this sum of m=
oney in your favour. Yours faithfully, Barrister Frederik Paulson. Principa=
l Partner.

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