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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: "Cindy Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Sun, 25 Feb 2018 07:41:17 -0800

Good day,
I pray and hope that email finds you in good state of health of mind and body.
Please pay adequate attention to what i have to reveal to you now. I am Cindy Williams, I am a US citizen, 51years. I reside here in Houston Texas.
I am one of those that executed a contract in London United Kingdom years ago and they refused to pay me, having paid over $30,000 trying to get my payment but to no avail. So I decided to travel down to London with all my contract documents, after spending several days in the UK I was privilege to meet with one attorney by the name Robert Edward, who happens to be a member of the FINANCIAL POLICY COMMITTEE.  I asked for his services as my lawyer so that he could be of great help to me in getting my payment released to me being a member of the committee. Afterward he explained everything to me. It was after going through the legal processes that I got to discover that those contacting us through emails are fake and with no genuine intentions. Then he took me to the paying bank, which is Natwest bank London, and today I am the happiest woman on earth because I have received my contract funds of US$7.5Million
Moreover, Mr.  Robert Edward showed me the full information of those that have not received their payment; and I saw your name, email and other relevant details as regards your delayed fund. This is what you have to do immediately. You have to contact him directly through the below information. Do well to send him an email immediately
     Name: Barr. Robert Edward
     phone number : +44-70-31314240
     Address:12th Floor 40 Bank Street 1 Canada Square Canary Wharf London E14 5AB
You really have to stop your dealing with those contacting you because they will keep requesting money from you endless until you have nothing to eat. The only money I paid was just $340 for IRS and His services Fee, which you know Just in case you might not be able to make the trip down to the UK, So you have to take note of that. I will advise to make contact with him so he can help to release your long awaited fund instead of dealing with those liars that will be turning you around asking for different kind of fees to complete your transaction. Thanks
Yours sincerely
Mrs. Cindy Williams

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