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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: (sent from abused email account)
Date: Thu, 13 Sep 2018 03:04:19 +0100
Subject: GOOD DAY

Dear Sir/ Madam,

I am a Solicitor and the Personal attorney to Mr. Caripides William, a
national the United States and Britain , who died in a Plane crash on
Monday 2nd September 1998 GMT 14:22 UK while they were flying from New
York to Geneva.

I have contacted you to assist in repatriating the money that
belonged to my late client before they get confiscated or declared as
not serviceable by the bank where this huge deposit were lodged.
Particularly, the Bank where the deceased had an account valued at
about $15.5 Million Dollars, has issued me a notice to provide the
next of kin or have the account confiscated within the next ten
official working days.

Since i have been unsuccessful in locating the relatives for over
fifteen years years now therefore, I have decided to seek your consent
to present you as the next of kin of the deceased, so that the
proceeds of this account valued at $15.5 Million Dollars, can be paid
to you and then you and me can share the money 50% to me and 45% to
you, while 5% will be mapped out for any expenses during the process
or tax as your government may require. I have the certificate of
deposit that can be used to back up any claim we may make. All I
require is your honest cooperation to enable us see the deal through.

I guarantee that this will be executed under a legitimate arrangement
that will protect you from any breach of the law. Please get in touch
with me strictly via this email ( ) to enable us
discuss further.

Best regards,


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