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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:

Date: Sun, 15 Aug 2021 12:05:48 +0100


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 anyone
apprehensive and worried, 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. Though it
may surprise you receiving this letter from me, since there was no
previous correspondence between us. My name is William Ekwueme James.
Esq. a personal Attorney to Late Mr. Emmanuel William. My purpose of
contacting you is for you to help secure the funds left behind by my
late client, to avoid it being confiscated or declared unserviceable
by the Bank Where this fund valued (Thirty Five Million United States
Dollars Only) deposited by my client before his death.

This Bank has issued me a notice to contact the next of kin or the
account will be declared unserviceable and the fund diverted to the
Bank treasury, so far all my efforts to get a hold of someone related
to this man has proved abortive. Hence, I have contacted 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, so that the proceeds
of this account can be paid to your account.

All the legal documentations to back up your claim as my client's Next
of Kin I shall provide them. All I require is your honest cooperation
to enable us to achieve this transaction.

I wish to point out that I want 10% of this money to be shared among
the charity organizations, while the remaining 90% is shared equally
between us. This proposition is entirely risk free. I will use my
position as the client’s attorney to guarantee the successful
execution of this transaction. If you are interested, please contact
me via this line +229-62084830 or Email:
( upon your response, I shall then
provide you with more details and relevant documents that will help
you understand this transaction well.

The intended transaction will be executed under a legitimate
arrangement that will protect you from any infraction of the law.
However, if this business proposition offends your moral ethics, do
accept my sincere apology. If on the contrary you wish to achieve this
goal with me, kindly get back to me with your interest for further

Kindest regards
Barrister. William Ekwueme James
Tel: +229-62084830

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