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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: "William Adama" <>
Date: Sun, 29 Oct 2017 21:10:02 -0700
Subject: amy 123123 RDP

Hello Sir/Madam,

I feel quite safe dealing with you in this important business. Though this medium Internet has been greatly abused, I choose to reach you through it because it still remains the fastest medium of communication. However, this correspondence is private, and it should be treated in strict confidence. At first I will like to assure you that this transaction is 100% risk and no trouble, free to both parties, In order to transfer out $28,000,000.00 into any of your bank account, the fund to transfer is of clean origin

The owner of the fund is a foreigner, a program leader who was believed to acquire the fund through his secret Crude Oil deal with the Former IRAQ government and also dealing with Gold's Company and Cotton Company in Burkina Faso. The Bank shall transfer above fund into your designation bank account as the foreign beneficiary of the fund. Please be rest sure that this is a real genuine business.

I look forward to your reply and co-operation, and I thank you in advance as I anticipate your co-operation. You can reach me on my direct line which is +22667155993 or via email

William Adama
Mobile No: 00226-6715-5993

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