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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: "HON John Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Wed, 12 Sep 2018 22:40:09 +0200

#935 Pennsylvania Ave NW,
Washington DC, USA 20535.


NOTE: If you received this message in your SPAM/JUNK folder, that is because of the restrictions implemented by your Internet Service Provider, treat it

I am HON JOHN WILLIAMS. I am here to present to this email owner a wonderful life changing offer brought to he/she by Mrs.Mavis Wanczyk the Massachusetts
hospital worker that won US$758.7million the largest single-ticket prize Powerball jackpot in January 08th 2017 and to avoid fraudulent notice, see her
interview by visiting link below:
lottery She just started international charitable donation campaign as we will be given a donation sum of US$15.6 MILLION each to improve the life of seven
Lucky individuals from any part of the world.

Following the instruction to pay all scam victims $15.6 Million each by IMF through ATM GOLD VISA CARD, we wish to inform you that your email address was one
of the lucky ones to receive this prize. You will be receiving $15.6MUSD once you settle with the whole total needed delivery fee of $200.00 usd completely. Note that the reason you must pay for this fee is to clear the signing and official stamp duty fee of the IMF agency to your fund ownership.

Today we have already agreed to release your $15.6musd but to make sure that there is no mistake, we advise you to kindly go ahead and settle with the above mentioned fee amount of $200 to enable us proceed with your fund ATM GOLD VISA CARD delivery today. Also NB: that this fund origin reference information cannot be forwarded to you now until you pay off the needed $200 fee.

To avoid wrong delivery, also to make sure we are in contact with the rightful beneficiary of this above mentioned fund, we hereby demand that this current email owner must feedback us with he/her below following detail:
1. Your Full Name
2. Address
3. Direct Phone#
4. Occupation
5. Age

The above information should be directed to: HON John Williams (MR), at this email:,

Also include this transaction secret to avoid impostors from stealing your fund.

**Note that you have to pay sum of $200.00 USD for the signing and official stamp duty fee of the IMF agency to your fund ownership**. your fund secret code: MGX678G. Remember Your payment file will expire after 7 days if there is no response, then we will not ave any option than to return your fund to the IMF as unclaimed.Your swift response will enhance our service, thanks for your co-operation.

HON John Williams

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