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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: "Mr. Nwaneri Williams X" <>
Date: Thu, 21 Feb 2019 01:13:48 +0100

Dear Sir,
May I briefly introduce myself?
My name is Nwanneri Williams a personal attorney to my late client who died in a car crash along with his family leaving a huge sum of €48.Million Euro In a financial institution herein our country.
The Bank has given me notice to provide the next of kin or they will confiscate the fund within next few weeks.
After an unsuccessful attempt in search of his relative which was proven abortive, I decided to contact you based on the fact that you share the same last name with him.
Details will be furnished to you, when you indicate your interest and we shall discuss the sharing ratio.
I am expecting your earliest reply to enable us start the process immediately.
I salute you.
Barr. Nwanneri Williams. Esq
Tell: +229 69198890

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