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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: "Dr,Williams Frank" <>
Date: Tue, 8 Oct 2019 05:49:51 -0700
Subject: Your compensation payment,

Hello Good Friend.

I'm happy to inform you about my success in getting those funds
transferred under the cooperation of a new partner from Paraguay.
Presently i'm in Paraguay for investment projects with my own share of
the total sum.

Now contact my Secretary,his name is MR FELIX MARTINS, on his email
address here as ( ask him to send you the
total ($1.2m)one million two hundred thousand dollars which i kept for
your compensation for all the past efforts and attempts you try to
assist me in this matter. I appreciated your efforts at that time very
much only that it fail us some how. so feel free and get in touched
with my secretary and instruct her where to send the amount to you.

Please do let me know immediately you receive it so that we can share
the joy after all the sufferness at that time. in the moment, i am
very busy here because of the investment projects which me and the new
partner are having at hand, finally, remember that I had forwarded
instruction to the secretary on your behalf to receive that money, so
feel free to get in touch with MR.FELIX MARTINS, OR CALL HIM ON HIS
NUMBER AT (+229 62624116), he will send the amount to you without any
delay.....Do not forget to use some money inside to give thanks giving
to ALMIGHTY GOD IN ANY YOUR secretary email address is
is (

Please make sure you send him your full name to enable him know that
you are the same person name i wrote on the Bank Draft Check i left
with him before traveled ok...


Send an email to him with the above email and apply for your fund as i
have informed him about you already.

Dr. Williams Frank.

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