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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: "Anthony William" <>
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2017 16:17:39 +0100

From Anthony William
Velleffrod Solicitors
Address: 432 Hoe Street, Walthamstow
London, E17 9AA

For your Information

I know we do not know each other but I write in good faith and trust that you will take a moment to consider the contents of this letter.

My name is Anthony William, from Velleffrod Solicitors and we are the Trustees and Executors of the Testament of my late client who died without a will. I wish to notify you that your name were listed as the beneficiary of bequest in sum of 15,500,000.00 GBP in the codicil and last testament of my deceased client.

All I need is your acceptance so that we can obtain the Letter of Administration from the Probate Court as required for you to claim the funds from the holding bank. I look forward to receive your acceptance mail for more details.

Thank you,

Anthony William

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