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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: " Pastor Desmond Philip Williams Jr" (may be fake)
Reply-To: <>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2021 08:44:44 +0100

Dear beloved ,
May the peace of the Lord be with you and your household .
My name is Pastor  Desmond Philip Williams .I am the Assistant Branch Manager of Union Bank Plc and by the grace of God ,
i am the  head Pastor of Assemblies of God  Ministries .
I wish to seek your assistance in transferring a huge sum of money totaled  US$8.5 Million  Dollars (Eight   Million Five  Hundred Thousand United States Dollars )
belonging to my deceased congregant  a philanthropist,an interlocutor and a humanitarian whom i operated/managed and
guided on the operation of the account which he deposited the huge sum of  money with Union Bank Plc but unfortunately
he was infected with COVID 19 and died 5 days later in the Month of June 2020.May his soul continue to Rest In Peace .
Are you in any way related to the deceased ? I am contacting you particularly because you bear the same surname with
the deceased and kindly get back to me even if you are not related .
Please kindly get back to me for more details via my private email ( 
to enable  us confabulate further regarding this .
I am legally in custody of the entire deposit requirement  that was properly handed over to me which will be presented to
the bank for approval immediately i have your consent using my post as an Assistant Bank manager with the said bank .
I assure you that this transaction is 100% Risk-free and success guaranteed hence you adhere to every instruction given  and if we can come to an agreement and
work together.
Hebrew Chapter 11:16 " NOW faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see " .
I wait to hear from you so we can discuss further .
God bless you.
Pastor Desmond Philip Williams
( )
Assemblies of God ministries Head Pst.

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