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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: "Tom Williams" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Fri, 29 May 2020 11:34:56 +0200
Subject: Attn: My Dear,

Attn: My Dear,

I am Mr.Tom Williams an Advisory Commitee Hsbc Bank N.Y. I am contacting you to assist in securing the wealth(Money) left behind in a fixed deposit account by Late customer Micheal A.Herman before they get confiscated or declared unserviceable by the Bank, it's unfair to declared such magnitude of CASH unserviceable so I'm kindly requesting your Help to secure the Funds into your Account.

The amount in the Bank deposit USD$12.8 Million sinced August 2019,I will agree with you on sharing 60% for you while 40% for me.

I guarantee that this transaction will be successfully conducted without any problem.

Let me hear from you today.


Tom Williams.Esq.
My private email Here:

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