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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 kwasi <>
Date: Wed, 3 Oct 2018 02:09:48 +0000 (UTC)

                       My Dear
                       Copy it and passé, you will see everything clear.                                    I am ( William k.wasi ) MY E MAIL ADDRESS is
                       ( ) ( +2347086518211 )
                       an accountant with EKO BANK PLC, LAGOS.                       I am the account officer of ENG.Kevin Huxham, who was a consultant/Contractor with NNPC Company in NIGERIA before his death .
 My client died On the 04-06_2012 during Nigeria
 mourns over 193 people killed in worst plane crash and left behind his deposit in our bank value at(US$20,540,000.00 twenty million five hundred and forty thousand united states dollars) My relationship with ENG.Kevin started in 2011.We meting at my social club annual end of the year party and I introduced him to my Bank where he opened this account some few weeks later making me the account officer of his account.
But since some weeks  later after he deposited the some of$20.540M in
our Bank account ,he did not email me again.
I waited some time again no email ,i sent a routine notification to his forwarding address but got no reply.
After a month, I sent a reminder and finally,
I discovered from his employers that the NNPC development Company ENG Kevin Huxham died from Nigeria mourns over 193 people killed in worst plane crash,
This is it, Copy it and passé  and see everything clear.
 On further investigation.
I found out that he died without making "WILL and all attempts to
trace his next of kin was fruitless.
I am contacting you now as a foreigner to assist me to repatriating the money left behind by ENG. Kevin before they get confiscated since the bank has declared the account on serviceable.
Therefore i seek your consent to present you as the next of kin of
the deceased, so that the proceeds of this account valued at (US$20,540,000.00 twenty million five hundred and forty thousand united states dollars) can be paid to you and then you and I can share the money in the ratio of 50% for me ,45% for you and 5% for sundry
I will also employ the services of an Attorney to help us in any information we may need from bank. I have access to all necessary information’s that can be used to back up any claim we may make.
All I require is your honest cooperation to enable us see this deal through,With my position I guarantee you that this will be executed under a
legitimate arrangement that will protect you from any breach of the
law.Please indicate your interest by responding STRICTLY to my advice and don't forget to include your name and address, phone and fax numbers respectively, And discuss further about this transaction.
                       Awaiting for your urgent response.                       Best regards,
                       (  William k.wasi  )
                       ( +2347086518211  )
                       ( )

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