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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 Boromo Williams <>
Date: Thu, 30 Mar 2017 13:45:56 -0700


Please forgive my intrusion into your privacy,I am Mr Boromo Williams,and I am a banker.It is true that we have not meet each other in person,but I strongly believe that no trust,no friendship in every business.

I have the deceased customers abandoned fund, which I am his personal financial adviser before his accidental death,that is the major reason I am doing everything with carefulness in the bank here I,know much about the existence of this fund and the secrets surrounding this money,But before I disclose the full details to you, I will like to know your interest and willingness to assist me by reverting back to me with your,

Your Name;..............................
Your Telephone Number;..................

For further confidential details about the said fund.You can get back to me .

Thanks and remain bless.
Mr Williams.

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