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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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Fraud email example:

From: "Willems Peter" <>
Date: 11 Nov 2018 14:54:27 -0800


November 11Th, 2018.

Business Proposal

Firstly, I must solicit your confidence in this transaction, this
is by virtue of its nature as being utterly confidential and top
secret. Though I know that a transaction of this magnitude will
make any one apprehensive and worried, but I am assuring you that
all will be well at the end of the day. Let me start by first
introducing myself properly to you. It may surprise you receiving
this letter from me, since there was no previous correspondence
between us My name is Dr/Barrister Johnson Wilson,(UK Lawyer and
Doctor in Law) a personal Attorney to Late Engr. Michael , an
expatriate engineer who has worked with the Mining and Smelting
Company (Asturiana de Zinc S.A. Spain).

My purpose of contacting you is for you to help secure a cash
deposit left behind by my late client, to avoid it being
confiscated or declared serviceable by the Bank where this cash
deposit valued €12,700,000.00 (Twelve Million Seven Hundred
Thousand Euros Only) this money was deposited by my late client
before he passed away, he died by stoke and cancer on the 16th
April 2015, he left the fund with no Will and up till today his
relatives remained unknown.

All relevant documents and information as regards to the cash
deposit is in my possession as we speak therefore I guarantee the
success of this transaction in all legal definitions. As his
attorney I have contacted the bank for the claim of the fund and
the Bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin or the
account will be declared serviceable and the fund will be retired
by the state (Ayuntamiento de Madrid). This type of incident is
not new, there are many people who try to evade taxes in their
country of origin by depositing their money in a foreign secret
accounts but I never knew my late client had one until his
accidental death and the eventual disclosure from my contact in
the bank. Since this account is secret and there is no one left
to claim the fund I am contacting you. I am actually asking for
your consent to present you to the Bank as the Next of
Kin/beneficiary of my late client's fund, since you have the same
last name, so that the fund will be released to you as his next
of kin. All the legal documents to back up your claim as my
client's next of Kin are with me. All I require is your honest
cooperation and absolute confidentiality in order to guarantee

Upon the completion of the transaction i wish to point out that I
want 20% of this money to be shared among the charity
Organizations, while the remaining will be shared equally between
us. Please be assured that this transaction is entirely risk free
as I guarantee the legality and success of this transaction. For
more information please contact me E-mail: ( ) If this business proposal offends your
moral ethics, do accept my sincere apology but if on the contrary
you wish to achieve this goal with me, please kindly contact me
with your interest to enable me start the process of claim

Awaiting for your immediate response.

Best Regards,

Dr/Barr. Willems Peter.
Attorney at Law

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