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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. Kenneth Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 24 Oct 2017 11:55:24 -0500
Subject: WITH TRUST!!

My name is Mr.Kenneth Williams, an accountant with the Federal Ministry of Agriculture (FMA) Nigeria.

It is with trust and confidence that i write to make this urgentbusiness proposal to you. I am seeking for a foreign partner who will assist me in
providing a convenient foreign account in any designated bank abroad for the transfer of US$25,000,000.00 pending on my arrival in your country for
utilization and disbursement with the owner of the account.

This amount results from a deliberate inflation of the value of a contract awarded by my Ministry - the Federal Ministry of Agriculture (FMA) to an
expatriate company, the contract has been executed and payment made to the original contractor, remaining the over-invoiced Amount of US$25 million,
which i want to transfer out of my country in your favor for disbursement between me and you. The transfer of these funds can only be possible with
the help of a foreigner who will be presented as the beneficiary of the funds.

As government officials, we are not allowed to operate foreign accounts and this is the reason why i decided to contact you. I have agreed that if
you/your company can act as the beneficiary of this funds (US$25,000,000.00 Million) 30% of the total sum will be for you for providing the account
where the funds will be transferred into, while 70% will be reserved for me.

I have careful and have made all arrangements towards the success and smooth transfer of the funds to your account before contacting you.
Please could you advice me on the type of business i would invest part of my share into? I do know you will have a better understanding of your country

Be rest assured that this transaction is 100% risk free, more details about this transaction will be given to you as soon as I receive your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Mr.Kenneth Williams

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