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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. Charles Williams" <>
Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2019 07:32:05 -0700
Subject: From Royal Bank of Scotland

Compliments of the day.

First of all, let me start by introducing myself. My name is Mr. Charles Williams, the Auditor General of Royal Bank of Scotland here in London. I have an urgent and very confidential business proposition for you. I am the accounting officer of Mr. Ken Lay, Enron founder, who died on July, 5th 2006, at the age of 64. It will interest you to know that on Wednesday, 9th February 2006, Mr. Ken Lay deposited a total sum of 21.5M pounds in our Bank. The funds was deposited into a non-existing company's account which I opened with (ROYAL BANK OF SCOTLAND) under his instructions, to avoid raising an eyebrow but unfortunately for him and fortunately to me, the man is dead leaving nobody to trace or even locate the funds. You can read more about his death by visiting the below websites:

Right now, we have the sum of 21.5M Pounds lying in the account without any proof of ownership as it was opened with non-existing companies name and the bank is not aware of the real beneficiary as the account did not bear any name. As his accounting officer and financial adviser in charge of the account, I can comfortable present you to the Bank as the real beneficiary of the funds and the Bank have no right to deny the application. The agreement with the Bank was that the funds will be there for 10 years which expired since February and if something is not done urgently, the bank will claim or even confiscate the funds.

Consequently, my proposal is that I want to seek your consent as a foreigner to stand as the owner of the fund, since it has no trace or beneficiary which makes it easier to transfer to your designated bank account as the beneficiary. The nature of my work as a staff of the Bank will not allow me lay claim on the funds, hence this proposal to you and be informed that as long as you are ready to cooperate and be truthful to me, I can assure you that the sky will be our limit.

All documents and proves to enable you get the money will be carefully worked out and more so, I assure you that the business is risk free, as everything will be handled in accordance with the International Monetary Guidelines. I am offering you 40% for your cooperation in achieving this aim. My lawyer is willing to assist us in getting the necessary legal papers to back up the claim. Please, if you are interested in working with me, I will like you to send the below information's to enable me procure the necessary documents in your favor:


As soon as I receive your acceptance mail by forwarding the above informations, I will prepare the paper works in your name for onward remittance of the funds into your designated account. Lastly, I want you to understand that this transaction requires trust, honest and above all, utmost confidentiality, to avoid escalating.

Anticipating to hear from you soon.

Mr. Charles Williams,
The Auditor General,
Royal Bank of Scotland.

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