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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: "Walter" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 30 Apr 2017 18:06:57 +0100
Subject: 28/4/2017

Estate of Engr. Terry Williams.
Please confirm your receipt of this mail because previous correspondence
have been sent to you but we did not get any response from you. Bear in
mind that no execution will be carried out without the endorsement of
Rev.Walter Bennett(the overseer of the church where he worshiped before
his death here in London)and me the attorney
for the execution. On-behalf of the Trustees and Executors of the Will
of late of Engr. Terry Williams (ksm), I wish to notify you that you
were listed as a beneficiary to the bequest of the sum of [four Million
Hundred Thousand US Dollars] in the codicil and last testament of the
The late Terry Williams until his death was a former Managing Director
and pioneer staff of a big construction company in China and later
invested in poultry farm and rice. He established himself as a wealthy
farmer in Asia where he exported rice and other poultry produce.
He was a very dedicated man and a great philanthropist during his life
time. He involved himself in helping people by giving invest-able loans
in agriculture and health care ventures. Late Terry Williams died on 9th
December 2011 at the age of 78. He has since been buried on the 23rd of January 2012. He was
an American, lived in Asia all through his active years but later moved
down to London due to long term illness where he died in a specialist
hospital. He was married but without a child an lost his wife in 2006
due to breast cancer.
He said in his words as stated in his last testament that "it is my
desired wish to see that the poor and less privileged are given
assistance by any means and limit this token could go, especially in
Asia, Africa and South America having seen it all myself". He therefore
advised that this amount be invested and 40% of the proceeds be used for
charity annually, while 60% be retained by the beneficiary for his
efforts".I hereby request that you forward your current telephone for
further discussion and your correct forwarding address to enable us file
necessary documents of claims at probate registry for the release of
this funds to you.
Please inform me if you did receive this notification this time.
Rev.Walter Bennett
Yours faithfully,
Estate of Terry Williams

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