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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: Barr Williams Aliwo <>
Date: Mon, 16 Aug 2021 12:11:27 -0700
Subject: Dear Friend,

Barrister Williams Aliwo
(Williams Aliwo Chambers)
53, Abbas street, Apapa-Lagos

Dear Friend,

I humbly crave your indulgence in sending you this mail, and if the content
does not meet with your personal and business ethics, I wish to apologize
in advance. My name is Barrister Williams Aliwo Esq. I am the personal
attorney to a late national of your country who was an oil merchant here in
Nigeria (whom I don't want to release the full names at this first email
for obvious reasons). On the 27th of April 2010, my client was involved in
a car accident here in Lagos, Nigeria and unfortunately lost his life in
the event of the crash. Since then I have made several inquiry to locate
any of his direct relatives but all was to no avail.

Prior to the accident that claimed his life, my client was operating a bank
account here with a cash balance of US$7.5Million (Seven Million Five
Hundred Thousand United States Dollars) and which has remained unclaimed
till date. Basically, the reason I have contacted you is because the bank
where the decease had the account has now issued me a notice to provide his
next of kin within the next 21 working days or they will have no option
than to declare the account unserviceable and confiscate the funds.
Therefore, since I have not been successful with locating or rather tracing
any of his direct relative till date, I wish to seek your consent to
present your name as the next of kin of the deceased since you answer same
surname and from the same country with him, so that the funds will be
transferred to you as the beneficiary and then you and I will share the
funds than allowing the bank to confiscate the huge amount. Fortunately,
whether you are a direct relative of him or not is never a barrier to the
success of the claim procedure.

Upon your acceptance and return mail, the process of claim is very simple
and not complicated nor risky to your involvement. We shall acquire legal
documents that will be used to backup this funds claim in your name as the
next of kin/beneficiary of the funds. Hence, it will be necessary that you
give me your honest co-operation and assistance to enable us see this
transaction through. I guarantee you that this transaction will be executed
under a legitimate arrangement in accordance with the inheritance claim act
here, but more importantly, be rest assured that you are not breaking any
law or under any risk whatsoever. Therefore, kindly get back to me and
NUMBER and should you need any further question, please feel free to ask
me. NOTE: After a successful claim and transfer of the funds to the bank
account which you will provide, you and I will share the funds at the rate
of 50% for me and 50% for you as settlement for your assistance and

I Awaiting your urgent response. Through this my private

Barr. Williams Aliwo (Esq
Get back to me Only on this my

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