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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: Tue, 11 Aug 2020 12:46:33 +0000 (UTC)
Subject: Let me hear from you today

Attn: My Dear,

I am Mr.Tom Williams an Advisory Chairman Hsbc Bank N.Y. and Account officer to Late Micheal Herman who works with Motor oil Company here in U.S.A who died in a Car Accident few days Ago, before his sudden death he left USD$12.800.000.00 Million in a fixed Deposit Account here in our Bank and up till now No Family members or Relations have come up to claim the Funds left and there is period of 7 days from now to Apply for the claim, So I humbly need your Help to receive the Funds into your Account.

Deposited USD$12.800.000.00 Million sinced August 2019,I will agree 60% of the Funds for you while 40% for me once you receive into your Account.

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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